FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Fort Bend News) – The 8 year old girl who was struck in a Fort Bend County hit and run car crash has died. Now, charges are expected to be upgraded against Angela Smith who admits being behind the wheel of the car that killed the child. She admits leaving the scene of the accident late Thursday. It happened on Bissonnet Street at Hodges Bend Drive near Hodges Bend Middle School.
Smith was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail on Friday night. Bond was set at $40,000.
“We’re heartbroken to report the 8-year old girl struck on Thursday passed away. It’s been a difficult 48-hours for Fort Bend County families and responders,” the Sheriff’s Office Statement said.
Smith surrendered to deputies within about 18 hours of the accident. Sureilance video captured the incident and allowed detectives to quickly circulate photos of the car.
“It is one of the worst videos I’ve ever seen. It is bad. It shows the whole incident,” said Lt. Ryan Skelton of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
As bad as it was, Sheriff Troy Nehls says it could have been worse.
“This young girl was not crossing the street on her own. She had siblings with her, and that car just missed the other two siblings,” Nehls said.
Smith has been charged with failure to stop and render aid. It is a felony. The district attorney will review the case on Monday and will almost certainly ad at least one additional and more severe charge.
“We’re going to work with the District Attorney’s Office and whatever charges they feel are appropriate we’ll go that route,” Skelton said during a Friday afternoon news conference.
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