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Traffic Incident at 8800 East Freeway

April 30, 2006 -- Charges are pending against a suspect involved in a fatal traffic accident at 8800 East Freeway about 6 a.m. on Saturday (Apr. 29).

The victim is identified as Jorge Alberto Mendoza, 22, of Baytown.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Lieutenant A. Bukowski and Officer J.W. Nickell reported:

The driver of a 2000 Ford Escape traveling east on the East Freeway struck Mendoza who was walking on the freeway. The driver failed to stop and render aid to Mendoza whom was critically injured in the accident. Investigators determined that Mendoza had been arguing with his twin brother prior to the accident and asked to be let out of the vehicle in which he was traveling. Mendoza's brother complied with his request and drove off. Unable to reach Mendoza by cell phone, the brother returned to the area and discovered his body lying on the eastbound inside shoulder of the freeway. Evidence at the scene led to the apprehension of the suspected hit and run driver about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Alcohol may have been a factor.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM 4/30/06
Inc #66708206

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.