HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A woman died Monday after she was hit by a vehicle near northeast Harris County.
The crash was reported at 7:53 a.m. on Hopper Road near the Eastex Freeway when a man passing by found a woman lying in a ditch.
Investigators said the woman, who was identified by family as 43-year-old Jannette Vickery, was walking along Hopper when she was hit, and the driver kept going.
Family members said they last saw Vickery's around 7 p.m. Sunday.
"I don't understand why they wouldn't stop unless it was something that they were hiding," the victim's brother-in-law, Michael McCarthy said. "I hope we can catch him and get this all straightened out because it's a terrible tragedy."
Investigators said there was no video from homes or businesses in the area, but they were able to identify the vehicle as a 1997 to 2003 white Ford F-150 using debris at the scene.
Deputies are hoping a witness can identify the driver and the whereabouts of the pickup. They said the truck will have damage to the front-end on the passenger's side.
UPDATE: Deputies say the driver who hit and killed a woman is in a White 97-03 Ford F-150 with right front end damage. KPRC2Posted by KPRC2 Cathy Hernandez on Monday, March 27, 2017
Vickery had been living with her sister and brother-in-law for the past four years, her family said.
"She was a hard worker and she always tried to help out at the church and around our yard. She would help clean up and stuff," McCarthy said. "Just tried to stay busy. She was trying to get a job real desperately, but because of her record, she had a hard time."
Her family said she had spent time in prison for selling drugs, but she was turning her life around.
Pastor Obie Lacy at the Church of the Living God said Vickery had joined the church.
"I know her pretty good coming in and out of church. She was a young lady that was kind of looking lost and trying to find herself, and we were trying to help her out at the church," Lacy said. "She was a nice young lady."
It is unclear why Vickery was walking along the road in the middle of the night.
Anyone with information about the Ford F-150 or driver is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.