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Dangerous Driving Caught On Video


After Hurricane Katrina forced her family from New Orleans, Juanita Butler bought a home in the Remington Valley subdivision.

"My dad's in a wheelchair,” Juanita said. “I never imagined myself being in one, but bad things happen."

And the bad thing that happened to Juanita could happen to anyone driving on the North Freeway feeder road between Rankin and Airtex.

"It's just a close call everyday, all day, everyday," Juanita's son Brian Butler said.

We're going to show you the dangerous roll of the dice we've discovered.

Here's how it works.

To enter the subdivision drivers could take the Rankin Road exit. Then they would have plenty of time to change lanes. But to avoid getting caught at the light at Rankin, some drivers take the Airtex exit. But to make the turn into the subdivision, drivers have to immediately cross three lanes of traffic.

We saw it over and over and over again.

"All I remember is screaming," Juanita said. "I remember pain."

It was April 28th in broad daylight. Brian was driving right behind his mother.

"And out of nowhere this guy comes off the Airtex exit," Brian said.

"And tried to jump in front of all the four lanes of traffic and get in the subdivision before me and that's how he hit me," Juanita said.

"Clips the back of her bumper and flips the truck over," Brian said.

"Flipped over and flipped over it flipped four and a half times," Juanita said.

"I see it flipping. Bam, bam, bam," Brian said.

"It was like in slow motion. I felt and saw every turn," Juanita said.

"I can't even say what was going through my head," Brian said. "I was like ****. You're going to have to edit that."

"I can say this,” Juanita said. “I know Jesus was in the truck with me. I know he was I saw him. I heard him."

"I jumped out of the car screaming, ‘Ma, are you all right are you all right’?" Brian said.

"I remember him talking to me," Juanita said. “Work with me Mama, work with me Mama."

"I grabbed her under her armpits and I dragged her out," Brian said.

Juanita spent two weeks in the hospital. She's been confined to a wheelchair for more than 6 months.

"It's almost impossible to go out there without seeing people jump off the freeway and come into the subdivision," Juanita said. "It's impossible. You go out there for 15 minutes and you'll see it."

And as you can see Juanita is not exaggerating. We saw it time and time again. So how many times does this dangerous maneuver cause a crash? FOX 26 Investigates decided to find out.

According to data we received from the Harris County Sheriff's Department, 42 accidents occurred near the subdivision entrance in just the last year and a half. Twelve of those accidents were considered major where at least one person suffered injuries.

"We are familiar with the traffic movements that are happening on a consistent basis in the area of I-45 and Airtex,” Raquelle Lewis with the Texas Department of Transportation said.

But TXDoT said drivers doing this dangerous maneuver are not breaking the law and the subdivision's entrance meets all the states' standards.

"Well certainly what we will continue to do is look at the situation (and) monitor what the activity is in the area if there are additional modifications we can make that are in our discretion," Lewis said.

"It's just like playing Russian Roulette. All day, everyday," Brian said.

And it seems drivers keep pulling the trigger. The shortcut can dramatically change your life. Just ask Juanita Butler.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for God," Juanita said.

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