FORT BEND COUNTY – A man charged in connection with a hit-and-run Friday night at FM 1092 near Avenue E and Dove County near Missouri City that left a woman dead, authorities said. The victim has been identified as Laquetta Booe, 81.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office posted a tweet Saturday that said Marlon Alexander Zavala has been charged with failure to stop and render aid, which is a second-degree felony.
Zavala’s bond was set at $10,000 and an ICE hold has been placed on him, according to the FBCSO.
Investigators said they responded to the scene after 6 p.m. where the body of an elderly woman was found in the street. They said it appeared she was crossing the road, but not in a crosswalk when she was hit by a passing driver believed to be Zavala.
“They could be definitely facing criminal charges, that’s something we’re going to have to dig into," Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ryan Skelton said. "We’ll consult with our partners in the district attorney’s office.”
Deputies said surveillance video shows the suspect vehicle did pull over but not for long.
“The vehicle did stop," he said. "It pulled in the parking lot where we are in right now, but then took off.”
According to investigators, witnesses who followed the car and got a license plate.
Authorities said they were able to locate the vehicle and interview Zavala before making the decision to file charges.
“It’s sad that we have to jump through these hoops all the time trying to track down drivers or people that hit and killed people,” Skelton said.
Deputies have not identified the victim but believe she lives in a nearby neighborhood.