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HOUSTON A 46-year-old pedestrian died early Sunday afterbeing struck by a hit-and-run driver near downtown Houston, police said.

At about 1:45 a.m. the Houston Fire Department was called out to the 500 block of McGowen for an auto-pedestrian accident.

Investigators with the Houston Police Department said that the woman was part of a group of people returning to a parked vehicle on McGowen. As the victim was trying to get into the car, she was hit by a white SUV.

The SUV fled the scene after the accident. Witnesses said that it may have been a white Toyota FJ Cruiser.

The victim sustained a massive neck injury and was transported to Ben Taub Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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