Let's face it, Houston's not a walking city, but that's still no reason that pedestrian deaths should be more than double what they were last year.
Three people have been killed within about a month, all on a five-block area of Bellaire Boulevard. A 40-year-old man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run near a construction zone early Saturday morning. Cops said the man was at fault and didn't use a crosswalk.
Here's a recap of other pedestrian deaths police want you to be aware of: On Jan. 15, around 10 a.m a 79-year-old man was crossing near the 9200 block of Bellaire Blvd. and was struck and killed. The driver did his duty and tried to help at the scene and was found not to be at fault. On Feb. 9, a a driver in a Toyota allegedly hit a 28-year-old man around 4:45 a.m., killing him. The driver fled the scene.
Houston Police have a list of precautions to take to avoid being killed crossing the street.
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We think, however, that the onus is also on the drivers who shouldn't be texting, talking on their cell phone or changing radio stations, or eating a burger while plowing through these streets. Ditto for smoking weed, or drinking while you drive.
For pedestrians, wearing all black everything at night while you're walking home isn't the ideal thing. If you're a jogger, throw on one of those silly bright vests. Also, get off the cell phone if you're crossing the street, and please take off the puffy earphones so you can hear traffic. Granted these fatalities occurred in the wee hours of the morning, which is when you should be the most cautious.
As the HPD notes: Don't assume vehicles will stop.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run accidents should call the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.