Francisco Flores Killed in Hit-and-Run on La Porte Freeway in Houston, TX
UPDATE (November 16, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Francisco Flores.
Houston, TX — October 1, 2022, a 76-year-old man was fatally injured when his disabled car was hit by two others, one of which fled, on La Porte Freeway in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 a.m. in the area of 10000 State Highway 225 (La Porte Freeway). Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's Toyota Corolla was disabled in the main lanes of the eastbound freeway, allegedly with no lights on. Soon after a white Kia Optima approached from behind and rear-ended the disabled Toyota. The Kia's driver fled the scene on foot.
A short time after the initial impact a Ford F-150 pickup approached and crashed into the Kia, pushing it once again into the Corolla. The Ford driver remained at the scene.
The Toyota driver was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The Ford driver was unhurt; the Kia driver's condition is unknown.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Francisco Flores Accident on La Porte Fwy
Reports say one driver ran from the scene, but it also appears the police have the vehicle they were in. That's usually a good start as they can often follow the vehicle's paper trail back to its owner, whether that's the actual suspect or just someone who knows who had the car last.
Once police track down the runaway suspect they can hopefully learn why they took off after seriously harming someone. They might simply have panicked, but people often run to hide something from law enforcement--illegal contraband like guns or drugs, active arrest warrants, drunk driving, or something else they think will land them in even hotter water.
Before anyone can really know the specific reason the driver chose to abandon the car, though, police will have to catch them. With the vehicle in their possession, hopefully it's just a matter of time before someone either recognizes its description and puts two and two together OR authorities manage to trace it to the suspect. In the meantime there's plenty else to investigate as well, including why the victim's car was disabled in the road, visibility conditions there at night, why the third vehicle crashed into the scene, and many other details--all to be sure the whole story is known. It may take some time for all the dots to get connected, but if police say vigilant and the community cooperates I'm confident the victim's loved ones can get much-needed answers and justice.