Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run on Westheimer Road in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — July 13, 2022, an 86-year-old woman was struck and fatally injured by a vehicle in a hit-and-run on Westheimer Road in Houston.
According to reports the incident happened around 8:50 p.m. on the 10500 block of Westheimer at Blue Willow Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was crossing south across Westheimer near the intersection when a black Dodge Ram pickup passed through. The truck hit the pedestrian but did not stop at the scene.
The pedestrian suffered critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital, where she died on July 21.
Investigators are still looking for the Dodge Ram and its driver.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Hit-and-Run on Westheimer in Houston
It's always frustrating and disappointing to read about hit-and-runs in the news. There's no excuse for a driver hitting someone and leaving them lying in the road. It's important to track that pickup down and find out what the driver could possibly have to say for themselves.
For that to happen police must stay diligent and community members should come forward with any information they may have about the vehicle or a suspect. It's also encouraging that police seem to know the make, model, and color of vehicle they're looking for. That's a lot more than they often have to start with after these incidents, but it's still probably not enough on its own.
That's why it's important to share any new details or developments with the community so they can keep an eye out for the vehicle and its operator. Ensuring all the available information is in the public eye often leads to someone connecting the dots and calling a tip line.
Once the suspect is in custody hopefully investigators will find out what made them abandon the person they fatally 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 tell, but if everyone does their part I'm confident this can be resolved.