The victim’s name is Louise Jean Wilson. : “17-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot in Road Rage Incident, Hailed as Hero for Last Act”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : A 17-year-old girl from Texas has been hailed as a hero after being fatally shot in a road rage incident on Sunday. Louise Jean Wilson was driving with her friend and boyfriend to a nearby beach to watch the sunset when she likely swerved in front of another vehicle to avoid an accident. The driver of the other car then accelerated and pulled up alongside the group, firing multiple shots through the driver’s side. Wilson and one of the passengers were shot, while the shooter, described as a black male in his mid-20s, fled the scene.

Houston police revealed that Wilson’s last act was to safely pull over to the shoulder of the road, an act that likely saved not only those in the car but also other vehicles on the “tight” freeway. Detective Caleb Bowling praised Wilson’s heroic act, stating that she was able to get the car to the side and stopped despite her injuries. The incident occurred on a short elevated section of I-45 along the southern boundary of downtown Houston known as the Pierce Elevated.

The injured male passenger was transported to a hospital but was later released the same night. Police closed the freeway and used their vehicles to facilitate the investigation. The witnesses in the car stated that Wilson unintentionally cut off the suspect’s vehicle, leading the suspect to accelerate and overtake her on her driver’s side. The suspect then fired into Wilson’s vehicle, striking her and the male witness.

Houston police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward with information. Wilson’s Central Texas community held a candlelit vigil to mourn her loss, while her father described her as a hero who was loved by the community. Wilson had planned on pursuing a career in law enforcement, and her father urged those responsible for her death to turn themselves in.

Wilson’s employer, Janet Dunnabeck, praised her as an exceptional server and remarked on her intelligence and maturity. Relatives of Wilson have started a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses, describing her as a caring and gentle soul with a bright future ahead of her. Wilson’s tragic death has left a lasting impact on her community, and she will be forever remembered.

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