WEST HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) - The Friday morning Highway 6 hit and run victim has been identified and the Harris County Sheriff's Office has released additional information and is asking for the public's help in solving the case.
The victim has been identified as Deborah Hodges. Her name was released following notification of her guardian. A short time later Sheriff Ed Gonzalez took to social media with her photo and asked the public for tips on the location of the driver who struck and killed her.
"Our understanding is that Ms. Hodges was a ward of the state," said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. "Not sure what her life circumstances were beyond that, but we want answers and we want to fulfill our duty to fully investigate this fatal crash," Gonzalez added in a social media post. "We need your help to identify those vehicles and hold the drivers accountable. Please call us at 713-221-6000 or CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477)."
All northbound lanes of Highway 6 were closed for hours Friday morning near Beechnut Street. The accident happened at about 4:30 a.m. and the roadway was not reopened until late morning.
According to a sheriff's office report Hodges "failed to yield the right of way to vehicular travel."
The driver who struck her fled the scene. If found, the driver will face charges of failure to stop and render aid.
While Hodges was on the roadway she was struck a second time by another vehicle. That driver called 911 and stayed on the scene. Detectives say there was no sign of impairment and the driver will not be charged.
This case remains under investigation by the Vehicular Crimes Division of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.