A driver is in custody after a crash on I-45 North that occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday. According to KHOU, witnesses say the car was driving erratically near North Shepherd and rear-ended a pickup truck, causing it to flip. The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital and is reported to be in serious condition.
According to police, the driver didn’t stop at the scene of the wreck, but instead kept driving. The driver later exited the freeway and stopped at a gas station, without ever calling 911. He was caught after being spotted by firefighters responding to the wreck.
Also this morning, also on I-45, police found a body along on the 3700 block of the Gulf Freeway that was struck by a vehicle. The unidentified man apparently parked his truck on the side of the freeway, and then was struck and killed while walking along the road. Again, the driver who struck him fled the scene, and police are asking anyone with information to contact the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Houston, like many other major metropolitan areas, is plagued by hit-and-run drivers, with hit-and-run accidents significantly higher than the national average. The roads of Houston and Harris County are the most dangerous in Texas, statistically, with Harris County drivers paying the highest auto insurance premiums in the state.