Man leaving hospital hit, killed by vehicle

August 9, 2012 4:12:07 PM PDT
A double hit and run accident outside a local hospital killed a patient. Now, investigators are searching for two separate drivers who left the scene.

People in the area say drivers are known for going over the speed limit.

"I wasn't surprised, not at all," said Rocky Guzman. "It was bound to happen."

Guzman works at one of several mechanic shops along West Tidwell Street and says he has watched as speeding vehicles have lead to several vehicle hit and run accidents over the last year.

"We've seen them hit and just drive off. It's unreal. I've never seen anything like it," Guzman said. "It's like a freeway."

But for Guzman, a hit and run Thursday morning in front of the hospital next door took things to a whole new level.

"I've never seen a person get hit like that," he said.

Guzman found out about the deadly crash after he arrived to work. Doctor's Hospital officials say patient Anthony Ruben Small, 41, had checked himself into the emergency room then decided to leave. That's when investigators say he tried to cross the street and was hit and killed by a pickup truck and a sedan that both eventually fled the scene.

Houston Police Officer Z. Gonzalez said, "We do have video of the hospital that probably will point out the actual impact at that particular time."

Investigators say just after the crash, hospital surveillance shows the female driver of the small pickup truck get out wearing a medical uniform. But police say she jumped back in the truck and took off.

Meanwhile, as police work to track down both drivers, people in the community hope the suspects will turn themselves in.

"She had scrubs on. That's something strange," said nearby worker Johnny Jackson. "This man had just got out the hospital. This man is trying to live and you hit him."

"I don't see how you can live with yourself. I really don't, without stopping to render some kind of aid," Guzman said. "So what if you are going to get in trouble? That's another human being and that's sad."

Officers say the driver was an African American woman in her mid to late 50s and she was wearing hospital scrubs. She was driving a white or gray Chevy S-10 pickup with a stripe and front-end damage.

The other vehicle was a four-door car, possibly white.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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