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Pedestrian found dead on Gulf Freeway/Highway 59 ramp

HPD's vehicular crimes investigators were on the scene Friday morning and had to close the road for several hours.

HOUSTON — A death investigation on Friday morning prompted a complete closure of I-45 northbound at Tellepsen Street for several hours.

A body was seen on a ramp leading to Highway 59. Houston police vehicular crimes investigators were on the scene as the entire freeway was blocked during the morning rush hour. 

Traffic was backed up several miles to the South Loop.

Houston police have now ruled this a fatal hit-and-run crash. The identity of the male victim is still pending verification by the medical examiner's office.

Investigators said they believe a vehicle heading north struck the victim, was either walking on the shoulder or crossing the freeway.

The driver failed to stop and render aid. The make and model of the wanted vehicle has not been determined.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4072 or speak anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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