Houston Firefighter Killed in Hit-and-Run

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

Sheriff’s detectives have been searching for a vehicle that is believed to have struck and killed a veteran Houston firefighter as he was riding his motorcycle in northeast Harris County.

According to investigators, the veteran firefighter, Joseph Edward Hadley Jr. of Tomball, was hit from behind close to midnight on Sunday, October 12, 2008 while he was riding his motorcycle westbound in the 7200 block of Mount Houston Road.  Hadley, a 44-year-old man, was rushed to a nearby hospital where we died the following Monday.

District Fire Chief Tommy Dowdy said that Hadley had been with the Fire Department for 22 years and was considered a veteran.  Hadley worked as a paramedic based at Station 105, which recently opened earlier in 2008 at West Lake Houston Parkway and Deussen Parkway, close to Lake Houston.

Based on the evidence at the crash scene, Hadley was probably hit by a 1999 to 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban or pickup truck, according to Deputy G. Chelette.  Chelette said that the vehicle that struck Hadley will have a concentrated area of heavy damage on its front or possibly the left side.

Deputies have asked the public to contact them with information about the vehicle.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

Deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents happen all too often in Texas.  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 346 motorcyclists were killed on Texas roads in 2006, which accounted for nearly ten percent of all fatalities.  It is estimated that more than 90 percent of motorcycle accidents result in the motorcyclist’s death or some level of injury.  Registered motorcycles are at an all time high, with approximately 400,000 motorcycles currently registered in Texas.  As an effort to increase safety among motorcyclists, the Texas Department of Transportation implemented a campaign this last summer to encourage motorists to pay close attention to motorcyclists. The primary message of the summer campaign was to look twice for motorcyclists.

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