Woman killed by hit and run driver

November 15, 2009 12:19:04 PM PST
A woman is dead after she was run over in a parking lot in southwest Houston, and investigators say it looks the driver hit her on purpose. Right now, police are looking for the driver. Police say it started around 3:30pm over a minor fender-bender. Detectives say it appears the suspect's vehicle hit a woman's maroon truck. The victim, a 56-year-old passenger, and her 34-year daughter, got out to confront the man. An argument ensued and that's when police say the suspect threw his vehicle in reverse.

"He backed up and continued to back up as she was pinned between the two vehicles," said Sgt. Robert Torres with the Houston Police Homicide Division.

Police say the victim's daughter would attempt to stop the driver but she too would be hit by the vehicle. She survived, however, her mother passed away at the hospital.

One witness tells us she saw the aftermath and she described it as horrific.

"I actually went over there and I seen the lady on the ground. She was... tire marks were all (on her body). You could see blood all on the ground," said eyewitness Idabell Prothro. "I was like, 'Oh, Lord, Jesus.' I didn't want to see all of that."

The suspect's vehicle is described as a 2006 silver Range Rover with license plates, 447 YFJ. Authorities did say the vehicle the suspect was in was stolen from the Montrose area around October 10.

Police would learn the vehicle the suspect was driving had been stolen and allegedly used in at least five crimes over the past month, including one the day of the tragic incident.

"Apparently it was a crime spree that lasted over the last 30 days," said Sgt. Torres.

The suspect himself is described as a white or Middle Eastern man, between 30 to 40 years old, slim and about 6 feet tall.

The victim's identity hasn't been released.

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