Suspected drunken driver now facing murder charges following deadly hit-and-run

HOUSTON – A man was killed and a driver is in custody following a hit-and-run accident Sunday, police said.

Police said the incident happened on the southbound 59 feeder road near Hillcroft Avenue around 9:25 p.m. Sunday.

A Cadillac struck a vehicle exiting the freeway at Hillcroft, police said. The Cadillac hit a Honda with such force it ejected the driver and forced the vehicle into a concrete pylon; splitting the car in two, officials said. The Cadillac then came to a rest on top of the ejected driver, police said.

Abdimalik Maigag, 29, was killed during the crash. His brother told KPRC 2, Maigag was a genuinely loving person with a good heart and great friend to many people.

Abdimalik Maigag, 29, was killed Sunday night in a hit-and-run wreck on a Highway 59 feeder road near Hillcroft Avenue, according to the Houston Police Department. (KPRC)

Police said the driver of the other car, Jose Talamantes, 62, ran away from the accident and bystanders helped police track him down to a southwest Houston home.

“That’s what sticks out on this one, is just the coldness of the defendant and his ability to leave without any care for anyone around him,” said Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office’s Vehicular Crimes Division.

Teare said Talamantes smelled of alcohol and blood/alcohol tests showed he was over the legal limit for driving. Court records show Talamantes has gone by different aliases over the years and has a criminal record dating back to 1979. Court records show before the accident, he had twice been convicted of DWI.

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