A man has been charged with drunken driving after police said he hit a pedestrian with his minivan.
It happened around 11 p.m. Thursday in southwest Houston on Allum near Player.
Police said a 48-year-old man was walking on the side of road when Marcos Frias Velasquez, 71, driving a gold Pontiac minivan, hit the pedestrian.
The victim died at the scene.
The driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.
Velasquez is charged with second offense driving wile intoxicated.
Officers at the scene told Local 2 the suspect would not likely be charged with manslaughter for hitting the pedestrian.
“There isn't a sidewalk,” said Sgt. Ignacio Izaguirre with the Houston Police Department. “There's hardly any room for pedestrian travel, so it's very possible that he was walking on the roadway.”
Sgt. Izaguirre told Local 2 that Velasquez stayed at the scene. He told a witness he thought someone had thrown something at his vehicle. And that is why he stopped.
Police have not released the victim's name.
Houston police said their investigation is ongoing.