About 10 p.m. February 13, Houston police received a call from a driver who told them he'd just accidentally run over someone and likely killed him.
A sad enough ending, but further investigation showed even odder events led to the death of Antonio Salazar, 51, and the arrest this week of Armando Vasquez-Martinez, 56. Vasquez-Martinez has been charged with manslaughter.
Police say he had been living in an abandoned house near the 1600 block of Elysian north of downtown when he got into a confrontation with Salazar.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the mission of the Houston Press. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Houston’s stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Vasquez-Martinez, HPD says, "may have initially been defending himself. However, [he] beat the victim with a baseball bat and then pursued him into the street, where he continued to strike him with the bat."
He then took off, leaving the body lying in the street -- which was where it was when it was hit by the driver.
Witnesses saw the incident, and Vasquez-Martinez was arrested without incident the next day.