Luis Chiapas Injured in Hit-and-Run on Bissonnet Street in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — June 5, 2022, 49-year-old Luis Chiapas was struck and injured by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on Bissonnet Street in Houston.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:25 a.m. on the 6000 block of Bissonnet. Preliminary investigation suggests Chiapas was crossing the street through the westbound lanes when a vehicle, thought to be a red SUV of unknown make and model, hit him in the roadway. The driver then fled the scene without stopping to render aid.
Chiapas was transported from the scene to an area hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing as police seek information about the hit-and-run vehicle and its driver.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Luis Chiapas Hit-and-Run in Houston
Obviously it's always frustrating and disappointing to read about incidents like this one in the news. Whatever compelled the driver to leave the scene, it's clearly important to track them down and see just what they have to say for themselves.
To that end, police must stay diligent and community members should come forward with any information they can provide about the suspect. It doesn't seem like there are many leads so far, but it's encouraging that authorities at least seem to have a rough idea of the vehicle type and color they're looking for. Hopefully someone will spot a red SUV with some suspicious damage in the neighborhood or the surrounding area and call a tip line.
Of course, it's unlikely police will just cool their heels and wait for civilians to call them up. Instead, they should continue looking for witnesses, telltale forensic data from the scene, or hopefully even video footage from nearby traffic cameras or business security cameras. If they find anything of the sort, they should then share the new developments with the public. Ensuring all the available information is out there often leads to someone--a friend or family member, a coworker, or even just a stranger who spots the vehicle--contacting authorities. It may take a little time, but if everyone stays vigilant and cooperates there's often a positive resolution.
Once the suspect is in custody hopefully investigators will find out what compelled them to abandon the scene and the person they injured. They might simply have panicked, but in many cases something else (illegal contraband, outstanding warrants, drunk driving) contributed to their poor decision. Only time and thorough investigation can say.