Woman struck by multiple vehicles on Beltway

August 15, 2011 12:54:50 PM PDT
Tragedy on the Beltway, as a woman was found dead along a busy stretch of road. Now police are searching for clues to solve her death, and find the driver who didn't stop to help.

The gruesome discovery shut down the beltway near Bush Intercontinental Airport for more than four hours early Monday morning. Police are working to track down the driver they believe hit and killed her.

The stretch of Beltway 8 was shut down for about four hours, reopening around 7:30am. Relatives tell Eyewitness News Nastacia Luter, 24, died in the early morning accident, although police have not officially released her name.

Police say the young woman crashed her car overnight -- it's unclear exactly where or how, but she was the only car involved. She then apparently pulled over onto the left shoulder of the beltway and got out of her car. Witnesses told police they saw her walking across several lanes.

At that point, she was hit by the driver of a white Dodge Intrepid. That car kept going, and never stopped. The woman was hit again by an 18-wheeler. The driver of the 18-wheeler did stop, and he called 911.

According to police several additional cars hit the victim before officers could get to her. But by the time they did, she was already dead.

The woman's brother returned to the scene. He told us she was coming home from a nightclub and was almost to their house when this all happened.

"She was coming back from the club," said her brother, Charles Henry. "I guess somebody hit her. She went to check on the car and see what happened and another car came down and hit her and dragged her down the freeway."

The driver of the 18-wheeler does not face any charges. The driver of the Dodge, however, is still at large and could face a charge of failure to stop and render aid. The accident remains under investigation.

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