A fatal hit-and-run crash in north Houston claimed the life of a United States Postal worker Saturday.
The victim was riding a mail truck on Julia Street when he attempted to make a left turn on Bauman Road at around 3 p.m.
An “impatient driver” crashed into the truck clipping its back and sending it rolling into a ditch. The postal worker fell out of the truck before it landed on top of him.
Good Samaritans rushed to help the victim and moved him from beneath the truck but he succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital.
“It has to be commended that the people in the community tried to help the driver of the postal truck,” Houston Police said.
The witnesses also chased after the suspect who managed to flee; their accounts helped identify a 2011 white Ford Expedition and its license plate. Officers tracked down the owner who told them that the vehicle had been stolen.
“We do have good witnesses of who the driver is so the recommendation here is go ahead and turn yourself in because we know who you are,” police said.
“We have witnesses who could put you here and who can identify you.”
The USPS released a statement on behalf of the victim’s family.
“The Postal Service is deeply saddened by the loss of life suffered today involving an Oak Forest Post Office Letter Carrier. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time.”