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Hit-and-Run Drivers Kill One Motorcyclist and Injure Another

Two motorcyclists were victimized in two separate hit-and-run crashes Sunday. One victim was killed, and the other, a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy, was injured. These are just the latest in a disturbing trend of hit-and-run collisions in Houston.

91-Year-Old Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Erlene Gomez, 91, died Thursday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at Heights Boulevard and 15th Street in the Heights in Houston. According to KHOU News, Gomez was struck from behind by a white Toyota SUV while walking down 15th Street after getting off a bus. According to a witness, the driver left the scene slowly, and police believe the driver lives in the neighborhood.

One Driver Injured, One Driver Arrested, and One Pedestrian Dead in Two More Houston Hit-and-Runs

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Child in East Aldine

A 12-year-old boy was struck by a car at the intersection of 7 Mile Lane and Sunny Drive in North Harris County. The driver fled the scene, and the child, identified as Jason Palmer, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with multiple injuries including a brain hemorrhage.

Houston Cyclist Dies in a Hit and Run

Jose Mendez-Manzano, a 63-year-old cyclist and fresh produce vendor, was killed in a hit and run accident on Saturday. Eduardo Torres, age 30, was charged with failure to stop and render aid. Houston police say Torres turned himself in days after the accident. However, this was not until after bicyclists involved with Bike Houston and Ghost Bike, a group known for its memorials throughout Houston marking the locations of fatal bike accidents, put up posters describing the hit and run. Members of Ghost Bike acquired photos of Eduardo Torres' pickup. The photos showed Torres' pickup truck fleeing the scene of the accident. The witnesses who took the photos were initially reluctant to come forward and speak with police.

New Texas Laws for Hit-And-Run Fatalities

New laws went into effect on September 1 for Texas drivers. One of the new laws provides drivers with a greater incentive to stay at the accident scene and help the injured. The new law increases the penalties for drivers involved in hit-and-run fatalities or those who fail to stop and render aid. Advocates are hoping that Texas drivers will acknowledge the tougher penalties and keep drivers on scene of a motor vehicle accident. This is a significant step in making the roadways safer.

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