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Officers Identify People Who Fled The Scene Of A Crash By Personal Items Left Behind

For anyone involved in an accident, according to Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the worst thing to do is to flee the scene.

KHOU in Houston reports that is what someone did on the morning of Wednesday, September 25th after losing control of their vehicle. The driver then struck and killed killing a couple who had recently become homeless and were living under a bridge beneath the West Sam Houston Tollway.

Investigators say that the initial crash involving a Lexus happened at approximately 12:15 a.m. The driver jumped a curb and was fleeing the scene heading northbound on a beltway service road when they struck a man and a woman both believed to be in their 60’s who were under the bridge. The driver then fled the scene on foot, leaving their vehicle behind.

Because the driver left a number of personal items behind in their vehicle, Houston Police Department detectives know just who they are looking for in the case. The identities of the victims have not yet been released pending notification of family members.

Police say that those involved in the initial crash with the suspect vehicle were uninjured.

Teare was at the scene of the fatal crash and offered some additional advice to anyone who is ever in an accident and is tempted to flee the scene:

“I think it’s important for the public to understand, the worst thing that you can do if you’re involved in a crash is flee. Everything gets worse for you if you take off,“ Teare said. He further advised that in this particular instance, the suspect is likely to face at least second-degree felony charges in addition to hit-and-run.

“Nothing good can come from running, because as you can see by the end of this case, we’re going to find you anyway.”

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