In an all-too-frequent scene in Houston, yet another pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Tuesday night, this time on Veteran’s Memorial in Northwest Houston. This driver may face justice sooner than most, however-the Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested him after he was tracked down and detained by a witness.
According to HCSA, the driver, who has not been identified, was driving his Hummer erratically when he drove onto the shoulder of Veteran’s Memorial and struck a pedestrian, knocking the pedestrian into a ditch. The Hummer did not stop, and drove away from the scene.
Another driver saw what happened, however, and followed the Hummer until it came to a stop. The witness then got out and confronted the driver of the Hummer, detained him, and called the Sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly, conducted a sobriety test, and arrested the driver of the Hummer for intoxication manslaughter.
Fatal hit-and-run collisions are alarmingly frequent in Houston, though the legislature has increased penalties. Even if the Hummer driver had not been found to have been intoxicated, he could still have been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, which carried the same penalty as intoxication manslaughter.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a hit-and-run or drunk driving accident, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 800-594-4884.