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 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.
A fallen Houston police officer was honored last week, along with dozens of other officers, in a Houston Police Department award ceremony.
In the wee hours of the morning, a man in his thirties was attempting to run across a North Houston freeway died after he was hit by a car.
A few weeks ago, we wrote a series of posts discussing hit-and-run accidents in Texas and how drivers involved in those accidents are rarely apprehended. Unfortunately, this story continues to repeat itself.