Houston Police are looking for a suspect in a deadly hit-and-run that happened less than an hour after another pedestrian was struck and killed in Houston on Wednesday, April 14th.
This is the fourth hit-and-run pedestrian accident this month.
The Deadly Accidents
Police are on the lookout for the driver who was involved in a hit-and-run on Wednesday morning, killing a pedestrian before fleeing the scene. Another deadly pedestrian accident had taken place in the city less than an hour earlier.
At around 5:55 a.m. in the northwest section of Houston, the first pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The truck was reportedly traveling westbound on Clay Road when it hit the man while he crossed at the Gessner Road intersection.
The cause of this initial incident is unclear, but the pickup truck driver did stay on the scene to render aid.
The second event occurred in the 7900 block of Attwater Street, sometime prior to 6:45 a.m. According to police, it appears as though the suspect was driving at a high rate of speed when they struck the victim, based on skid marks found at the scene.
Tragically, after being hit by the speeding vehicle, the pedestrian was accidentally run over by another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle called police and remained on the scene after the incident occurred.
Other than the evident high speed involved, the cause of the second incident is also unknown.
Texas Hit-and-Runs: Do They Get Solved?
Unfortunately, hit-and-run pedestrian accidents are far from rare in Texas.
For instance, on Saturday, April 10th, a man was struck on East Freeway while changing his tire. Earlier that same day, a cyclist was hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Pasadena.
So far, there have been no reports that these vehicles or their drivers have been identified. The question stands: how are these suspects identified?
While information on this topic is limited because Texas police don’t categorize hit-and-runs differently than other crashes, the unfortunate fact is that most hit-and-run drivers are never caught. Where studies on this topic have been conducted, it’s estimated that just one out of every ten hit-and-run drivers will ever face legal consequences.
In Texas, this may be due to a lack of manpower for this specific sort of investigation. When this topic was last brought to the media’s attention in 2018, there were just 9 traffic investigators serving the entire city of Dallas. While Houston has roughly twice as many accidents as Dallas, this still meant that each investigator averaged 130 investigations per month.
If you’ve been hurt in a Texas hit-and-run accident, reach out to the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns today to learn about your options for financial relief.