HOUSTON -- A man was killed Tuesday after a hit-and-run on Highway 288 escalated into road rage, Houston police said.
Derek Vincent Brown, 42, of Porter, and another man were involved in an accident near the 5000 block of Highway 288 at about 6 a.m. Police said Brown fled the scene and the man, with his 67-year-old father as a passenger, followed him to a parking lot at 2155 North MacGregor Way.
As the man attempted to exchange information with Brown, police said both men got into a physical fight with Brown assaulting the man and his father.
Brown allegedly pushed the man to the ground and started attacking the man's father.
The son then gets up, tries to defend his father by pulling the driver of the Nissan off his father, said Jesus Sosa, with HPD Homicide. He then puts him in a choke hold and starts yelling, 'Call 911.'
As the man tried to subdue Brown, Brown lost consciousness, police said.
A witness called 911 and HPD patrol officers and HFD paramedics responded to the scene. Brown was transported to the hospital where he died. The father was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Brown's neighbors in Porter said they are devastated and shocked.
He didn't seem like that type of person to me, said Ruth Schmidt. If I needed any help, he was always here to help.
Brown, who leaves behind a wife and two children, spent four days in jail and paid a fine in 2009 after being charged with failing to stop and give information after an accident, according to records.
The case will be referred to a Harris County grand jury, which will decide if there will be any charges filed.