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Texas police hunt hit-and-run driver

Texas law enforcement officials are seeking the driver of a white pickup truck that struck and killed a pedestrian in Harris County during the early morning hours of April 23. Authorities believe that the vehicle may be a Ford. The accident took place on Texas State Highway 249, which is also known as the Tomball Parkway, near Cypresswood Drive in Northwest Houston at approximately 2:15 a.m.

According to a Harris County Sheriff's Office report, the pedestrian who lost his life was walking along the far right side of the roadway when he was passed by a blue sedan that had entered Texas State Highway 249 from a feeder road. The female driver of the blue sedan told police that a white pickup truck first struck the pedestrian and then sideswiped her vehicle before fleeing the scene. The pedestrian was pronounced dead by responding paramedics.

Police say that the pickup truck will likely have sustained damage to the front and right side where it struck the pedestrian and the left side where it sideswiped the blue sedan. If apprehended, the driver of the pickup truck faces a second degree felony charge of failing to stop and provide aid at an accident involving death or serious injury.

The victims of auto-pedestrian accidents may pursue civil remedies when negligence played a role and the identity of the reckless motorist is known, but filing a lawsuit is not an option in a hit-and-run situation. Personal injury attorneys may be able to assist hit-and-run accident victims by helping them to file a claim with the Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Program. The uninsured motorist provisions of many auto insurance policies also allow for compensation to be paid to policy holders who are injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while on foot.

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