Police, and Good Samaritan, still search for hit-and-run driver

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by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 1:20 AM

HOUSTON -- Houston Police, and a Navy veteran who was trying to be a Good Samaritan, are still searching for the hit-and-run driver who put three people in the hospital last week.

Alejandro Rodriguez stopped in the northbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway near Dixie Farm Road on the night of October 24th after a female driver crashed into the center median.  Along with a third driver who stopped to help, they were trying to help the woman out of her car.  That’s when a Nissan Pathfinder SUV crashed into at least two of the vehicles and ended up on top of the median and the woman’s car, pinning her to the ground.  The impact also knocked out Rodriguez.

"That's when I hear a loud boom,” said Rodriguez in a phone interview from his hospital bed at Ben Taub Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.  “I see a car that hits the truck and I just blacked out from there."

When he regained consciousness Rodriguez found the female driver pleading for help, but his right leg was mangled so badly he couldn’t get up.

"I couldn't control where my knee was going it was just moving around like a joystick pretty much,” said Rodriguez who said a final surgery his scheduled for as early as Tuesday. He spent six months in Afghanistan with a Navy construction unit.

But the driver of that SUV fled the scene on foot.  Houston police said they are still searching for him.

"He's a jerk,” said Rodriguez’ sister Celinda Broussard when asked about the driver of the SUV.  “I mean it's a disgrace. It's a disgrace to us. It's a disgrace to our family. It should be a disgrace to the nation.  You could at least find out if he was OK. What if he was dead?”

"Honestly I believe in the truth and being honest,” said Rodriguez when asked if he wanted to send a message to the SUV driver.  “So I would say just turn yourself in. If you don't, somebody's going to find you and it's going to be ten times worse. You might as well own up to what you've done and be glad that you didn't kill anybody."

If you have information that could help police find the hit-and-run driver they ask that you call the Houston Police Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065.

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