Laura Anna Guillen, 31, Bayou Body Count No. 54

In something out of Pulp Fiction, a woman was killed when a passenger in the backseat of her car accidentally shot her, police say.

Laura Anna Guillen, 31, was sitting in the driver's seat of a car in the 4600 block of Collingsworth near the Fifth Ward about 2 a.m. today when the shooting occurred.

Houston police say a man sitting in the backseat told them he was checking if his gun was loaded when it went off.

Guillen was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

No charges have been filed in the case, but an investigation in continuing.

Update: Jorge Armando Mendoza, 32, has been charged with manslaughter in the case, HPD says.

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