HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A homeless man was killed by a hit-and-run driver in southwest Houston overnight, and police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person they believe did it.
The fatal crash happened just before 1 a.m. Monday in the 9900 block of South Main on I-610 South Loop West.
Now, investigators are looking for a red or maroon pickup truck that they say should have heavy front-end damage.
Houston police said an SUV was stopped at a light at the intersection of South Main and Loop.
Investigators believe the hit-and-run suspect rear-ended the SUV at the intersection then backed up, jumping the curb onto the underpass where the homeless man was sleeping in a sleeping bag.
The driver continued to run over the man, hitting a tree and pole along the way, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he later died, HPD said.
Unfortunately, police said witness accounts vary, so they don’t know what the actual make or model of the truck is.
Investigators were searching the area for video to help clear up any uncertainty about the wanted suspect.
Sergeant David Rose said. “But in the meantime, if anyone knows of a vehicle involved in an accident around that time — it’s going to have a lot of front-end damage, broken headlights, a lot of trim missing, Something else is going to happen. Paint transfer.”
The SUV behind the driver is white, so the paint transfer on the suspect’s vehicle should be white.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact HPD or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.