Blog

Houston Hit-and-Run Driver Kills One and Injures Another

Photo of Brian Humphrey

Two pedestrians were struck at around 2:15 a.m. early Friday morning by a pickup truck while trying to cross the street on Highway 249 near Fallbrook. One of the pedestrians, a 45-year-old woman, died at the scene, while the other, an 18-year-old-male, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The woman was hit by another car after falling to the ground, but the driver of that car stayed at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement. The pickup, which Harris County Sheriff's deputies say is possibly an older-model red Chevrolet based on parts that fell off the vehicle, fled the scene after the collision.

This tragic incident highlights the troubling trend of drivers wrongfully leaving the scene of serious wrecks. Texas law, like that of most states, requires a driver involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to a person or damage to a vehicle to, at a minimum, stop and provide insurance information and to render reasonable aid to any injured person. If there is any injury or death, or the damage leaves a vehicle undriveable, then a driver must also immediately call the police.

Failing to stop at a collision is a crime regardless of who caused the collision. Failing to stop at a collision with only property damage is a misdemeanor. Failing to stop at a collision involving an injury or death is a felony.

If the collision resulted in death, as was the case Friday morning, it is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison-the same as the punishment for causing a death by driving drunk. The Texas legislature raised the punishment in recent years in order because the older, lower punishment level incentivized drunk drivers to flee the scene of fatal crashes.

Fatal hit-and-run collisions have been on the rise in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one in five pedestrian deaths are caused by hit-and-run drivers. 11% of all crashes nationwide are hit-and-runs, but the numbers are much higher in metropolitan areas like Houston.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car wreck, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1-800-870-9584.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

Get Your Free Case Review 713.587.9668

Let Us Help You Today! Request a Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs', taking a lead role in the plaintiffs' steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs' steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm's client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

Our Record Of Success.

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

More Success Stories