HOUSTON – Houston Police say an elderly woman died after she was struck by an SUV driver who then left the scene.
It happened on Heights Boulevard at 15th Street at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police say the 91-year old woman, now identified as Erlene Gomez, got off a bus and was walking on 15th when a white Toyota SUV, possibly a Sequoia or 4-Runner, struck her from behind and then possibly ran her over. A witness told police the driver left the scene slowly, leading police to believe the suspect lives in the neighborhood.
Gomez was taken to the hospital for surgery, but police confirm she passed away overnight.
“Own up to what you did and just come forward,” Michael Castro, lives at Heights and 15th, said. “I can’t even fathom to think that someone could do that.”
Officers are urging the driver to surrender.
“Well, I just think it shows that they’re a complete coward,” Brian Hendrix, lives at Heights and 14th, said. “It may have been a complete accident, it may not have even been their fault, but the fact that they ran away from it, indicates that there may have been something else going on that they didn’t want the police to know about.”
Anyone with information can call Houston Police at 713-884-3131 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.