HPD searching for driver who fatally struck pedestrian

January 1, 2012 6:34:54 PM PST
Police are investigating what is being called Houston's first death of the year.

Investigators are looking for a driver who left the scene of a deadly pedestrian accident in southwest Houston.

It was less than two hours into the new year when Houston police say a 32-year-old man was walking along the side of Stancliff near Shelton and witnesses saw a black Cadillac Escalade drive up and slam into him.

"They stopped and I guess once they saw a body they ended up fleeing the scene," Sgt. D. Thomas with the Houston Police Department said.

The victim died at the scene.

"I feel pretty sad for the person that did get hit," said Eugene Kettlewell, who lives nearby. "It's even sadder that somebody didn't stop."

Neighbors say Stancliff is heavily traveled and pedestrians are often seen walking -- some on sidewalks and others on the roadway itself.

"They drive too fast up and down this street here," neighbor Shirley Andrews said.

As police search for the suspect accused of killing the victim with his SUV, neighbors say this will now be a somber scene knowing the city's first death of 2012 happened so close to home.

"I would hope they would find whoever did it so they can at least figure out why they didn't stop," Andrews said.

Police are still looking for that black Cadillac Escalade, which likely has damage to the right front end. Anyone with information on that vehicle is asked to call HPD or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.