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Man hit, killed by vehicle while sleeping under I-610 overpass in SW Houston

HOUSTON, TX — A man died early Monday after being hit by a fleeing vehicle while sleeping under a highway overpass in southwest Houston, reports ABC13.

The fatal incident occurred in the 9900 block of South Main Street, at Interstate 610 South Loop West. It was reported at about 12:45 a.m.

Houston Police say a Toyota Highlander was waiting at the lighted intersection of South Main and the Loop when it was struck from the back by a red Ford pickup truck. The pickup then jumped the curb and traveled under the overpass, into an area between the support pillars and the incline where a man, believed to be homeless, was sleeping in a sleeping bag. Authorities said the pickup ran over the man, struck a tree and then a pillar before it fled eastbound on the I-610 service road.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries, confirmed the HPD.

A 50-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Toyota was reported hurt but ultimately declined treatment and hospital transport.

At this time, an investigation and search for the hit-and-run suspect remains ongoing. Officials note that the fleeing driver appeared to have been in the middle of moving, as beds and multiple other pieces of furniture fell from the bed of the pickup. The vehicle is believed to have sustained significant front-end damage and broken headlights. It should also be missing trim a lot of trim and bear some white paint transfer.

Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4072. Those wishing to remain anonymous can also reach Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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