HCSO: Motorcyclist killed in fiery hit-and-run crash with stolen SUV in northeast Harris County

Officials say the SUV involved inthe crash was stolen. The driver dragged the biker's body for several yards until it burst into flames

June 23, 2013 7:23:33 AM PDT
Investigators believe two carjacking suspects hit and killed a motorcycle rider in a fiery northeast Harris County crash last night. This morning, they remain on the run.

The speed limit on Uvalde road is 30 mph, but Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies say the suspects were going a lot faster than that when they hit the motorcycle.

It happened around 7pm the Woodforest intersection.

According to officials, Thomas Hooper was pulling out of a parking lot on his motorcycle, turning north onto Uvalde. The suspects were northbound in a maroon Isuzu Ascender that deputies say was stolen in a carjacking. The SUV struck the bike from behind.

"The motorcycle and the rider of the motorcycle became entangled in the Isuzu," HCSO Sgt. Mike Harvey said. "They pushed him for 50 yards before he was dislodged, and they continued to push the motorcycle for another 100 yards before the motorcycle caught on fire."

It wasn't until the SUV burst into flames as well that the driver finally stopped, officials said. That's when witnesses saw both men get out of the vehicle and run away.

Hooper was rushed to East Houston Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies are still trying to track down the suspects this morning. If you have any information about the suspects or the crime, you can call HCSO.

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