As investigators in the Houston Police Department Vehicular Crimes Division investigate at least four hit-and-run crashes that killed three people since Jan. 23, investigators urge pedestrians to be cautious in and around Houston’s busy roadways, especially at night.
At a news briefing, investigators asked for the public’s help in identifying vehicles and drivers wanted in hit-and-run crashes and reminded the public that a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $5,000 is available in each case. Investigators discussed how most accidents involving pedestrians this month involve drivers who fled the scene, a felony crime.
Pedestrians are reminded:
- Do not walk across the street unless you are at a crosswalk.
- Take the extra minute or two to walk to a crosswalk.
- Obey traffic signals of Walk / Don’t Walk.
- Look before you step.
- Do not assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with a driver; don’t just look at a vehicle.
- Dress to be seen. Wear light colored clothing if walking at night and carry a flashlight, if possible.
- Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while walking across the street.
- Be careful in construction zones.
Motorists are reminded to:
- Be cautious, alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid distractions (like talking and texting on cell phones).
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Stop and render aid if you strike a pedestrian or vehicle.
- Stop and render aid even if you do not have a driver’s license or insurance. In most instances, those are Class C misdemeanor citations issued as opposed to felony charges for fleeing the scene.
For more information on pedestrian safety go to http://www.houstontx.gov/
Anyone with information in any hit-and-run crash in the city limits is urged to contact the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS, where tips remain anonymous.