Mother killed by fallen tree in SE Houston near Buffalo Bayou during Thursday’s severe weather

Mother of 4 killed during Thursday night's severe weather (Copyright 2024 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – A woman died Thursday evening in southeast Houston after investigators say she tried to move her vehicle to avoid it getting damaged ahead of the storm.

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The tragic incident happened around 6:30 p.m., according to Houston police on Ave. O and W Hedrick near Buffalo Bayou. First responders with the Houston Fire Department also arrived to assist and found a woman inside her SUV next to a house.

Lt. Willkens with the Houston PD said the woman, 31, is a mother of four who went outside to move her car out of fear a tree would fall. However, before she could move the car, Lt. Willkens said the tree fell on her vehicle, killing her.

Her family identified her as Christin Leann Martinez. She leaves behind four sons, aged 12, 10, 8, and 1.

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Houston Mayor John Whitmire said Thursday night at least four people died during the storm, but it’s unclear if this mother was one of the residents killed.

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