A driver who hit a well-known lighting designer and left him to die has been arrested, according to police.
Shannon Michelle Garcia, 25, has been charged with accident involving injury or death.
Houston police said Garcia, who was driving a Ford Fusion, rear-ended a motorcycle on Studemont near the Katy Freeway shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.
The 33-year-old motorcyclist, Jeremy Choate, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he died.
Choate was a well-known lighting designer who worked with many local performers and theater companies. He was on his way to a cast party when he was hit.
Garcia drove away after the wreck, police said. Witness statements and further investigation helped officers identify her.
Matt Marcontell, who was friends with Choate, said that a woman showed up at his door shortly after the incident and wanted to charge her cellphone. He said the woman told him that her name was Shannon.
"As we were chatting, she said she was involved in an accident and fled in fear of police," Marcontell said. "The whole time we were talking, I had no idea she was the driver who killed my friend. She had no idea I knew him."
The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Garcia in a hotel in Gainesville, Texas around 4:00 p.m. Monday.
Friends and relatives are planning a memorial service to celebrate Choate's life.