A woman died early Sunday after she fell out of a moving vehicle in an Applebee’s parking lot in east Houston, where she and her co-workers were preparing to set off celebratory fireworks for the Fourth of July.

Sheriff’s deputies received reports that the woman and her co-workers had just closed the restaurant on the 5900 block of E Sam Houston Parkway for the night and planned to move into the larger strip mall parking lot to set off firecrackers, said Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt. Dashana Cheek-McNeal.


“Once it closed, they were going to move over into the parking lot to celebrate a little bit more,” Cheek-McNeal said.

She and an 18-year-old friend climbed onto the outside of a 2002 Toyota Highlander as the driver, who was carrying another woman and three children in the backseat, started heading off to the other side of the lot.



The woman fell off the vehicle as they drove off, hitting her head on the pavement. The driver told officials that she had been traveling at about 5 miles per hour.

Paramedics took her to Ben Taub Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

“Unfortunately, just a tragic mistake today,” Cheek-McNeal said.



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