Houston Police Investigate Fatal Hit-and-Run Involving Postal Truck
Houston police are investigating a tragic hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a 29-year-old United States Postal Service employee. The incident occurred at 243 Julia Street around 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 30.
The victim, whose identity is yet to be officially confirmed by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, was driving a postal truck southbound in the 8100 block of Bauman Road. A white Ford Expedition, traveling behind the USPS truck, attempted to overtake the postal vehicle as it made a left turn onto Julia Street. In the attempt to pass, the Expedition collided with the back left side of the postal truck, causing it to spin and flip over. Tragically, the postal truck driver was ejected from the vehicle.
Good Samaritans who witnessed the accident rushed to aid the injured postal employee until Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived at the scene. The victim was transported to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The driver of the white Ford Expedition fled the scene without offering any medical assistance or providing information. Officers spoke with witnesses at the scene and obtained a vehicle description and immediately searched the area but were unable to locate the vehicle or the driver.
Witnesses described the Expedition driver as a Hispanic man according to Houston Assistant Chief P. Cantu.
“The Postal Service is deeply saddened by the loss of life suffered today involving an Oak Forest Post Office Letter Carrier. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”, said a statement from the USPS
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.