HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A driver tried to run away after he struck and killed a pedestrian in northwest Harris County overnight, deputies said.
The incident happened on Kuykendahl Road near Cypress Landing Road around 12:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
A red Hyundai sedan struck a man in his 30s and then kept going, deputies said.
With authorities nearby, the driver and his passenger jumped out and tried to run away. K-9 officers soon found one of the suspects, but the other one got away.
Deputies determined the man taken into custody was the person behind the wheel at the time of the incident.
“We found the keys in his right hand pocket, and he has an injury to the right side of his face – when the windshield caved in, it struck him on the right side of his face,” said Sgt. Glen Wolverton. “He is definitely the driver of the vehicle, and he is also intoxicated.”
The driver is facing felony charges of failure to stop and render aid as well as driving while intoxicated.
“If we were to catch the passenger we’d be looking at evading arrest charges, which is a Class B misdemeanor,” said Wolverton. “It’s a pretty minor charge. Since he was the passenger, he has no legal obligation to stop at the scene, however, when he saw police officers in the area he ran from them.”
The victim died at the scene.