Police: Man dead after hit-and-run wreck in southwest Houston

Construction work has made the area particularly dangerous for pedestrians
February 15, 2014 5:16:57 PM PST
Authorities are investigating a deadly hit and run in southwest Houston, and it's at least the third in the area this year.

Officials say a man was crossing the street at Bellaire and South Gessner when a vehicle struck him, and the driver did not stop. This is the third person in the last month who has been killed while trying to cross this section of Bellaire Boulevard. And with the pedestrian traffic in the area, it appears it could easily happen again.

One after another, our cameras caught kids and adults illegally crossing Bellaire Boulevard. Some stood in the middle of the road as cars passed by just inches away.

Early Saturday morning, tragedy struck again on Bellaire. A pedestrian was hit by car, knocked out of his shoes. The man died, and the driver kept going.

David Nguyen, a friend of the victim, asked, "After you hit a person how can you just keep going?"

That's the question Nguyen and his friends are still asking after Nhan Pham, 28, was struck and killed by a driver.

"It just really hurt, because he was real close to a lot of people," Nguyen said. "He was always smiling. Good attitude type of guy."

Flowers, candles and messages of love have been placed at the spot were Pham died.

Weeks earlier, another person was hit and killed by a driver on Bellaire near Corporate. Some blame the construction for creating blind spots.

Michael Lewis said, "As a driver you have to be cautious and aware of your surroundings knowing it's construction, knowing that kids can dart out."

The city of Houston has put up signs warning pedestrians to cross the road at an intersection with a traffic signal. But as we saw Saturday, there are still some taking a chance and risking their lives.

Find Foti on Facebook at ReporterFotiKallergis or on Twitter at @FotiKallergis

Take ABC13 with you!
Download our free apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices


Load Comments