Police charge, arrest driver wanted in connection with fatal hit-and-run in north Houston

Sergio Noe Palacios, 20, was charged with failure to stop and render aid for a deadly crash that happened on February 19, 2020. (Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against a hit-and-run suspect who was involved in a deadly crash in north Houston Wednesday night, police said.

Sergio Noe Palacios, 20, was charged with failure to stop and render aid.

Police, along with the Houston Fire Department, said they responded to reports of the incident at 7100 Airline Dr. at around 7:25 p.m. When officials arrived at the scene, they said they found a man’s body under a vehicle.

Police said Palacios was traveling northbound on Airline Drive in a blue GMC pickup truck as another vehicle was braking while the victim -- who has only been identified as a 31-year-old man -- crossed the street in a crosswalk. Palacios changed lanes, accelerated through the intersection and struck the pedestrian before fleeing the scene, authorities said. Paramedics pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

According to police, a witness traveling behind the suspect’s vehicle followed the truck and observed its bumper and license plate fall to the ground. Officers said they searched the area and located the truck believed to be Palacios’.

Police were able to take Palacios into custody.

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