Man dies in 4-vehicle crash that caused early morning shutdown on Southwest Freeway, police say

U.S. 59 at Shepherd Drive (Houston Transtar)

HOUSTON – Houston police are searching for a driver who fled the scene of a chain-reaction crash that killed a 24-year-old man Sunday morning.

According to police, the man was driving his vehicle northbound on the Southwest Freeway near Shepherd Drive around 2:50 a.m. when an unknown vehicle struck him from behind.

After that, two more vehicles - a silver Infiniti and a BMW - also struck the man’s vehicle, causing it to roll over onto the right shoulder of the freeway.

The driver who caused the accident fled the area. The Infiniti driver remained at the scene. The driver of the BMW was transported to the hospital, evaluated, and charged with DWI, according to police.

All inbound lanes at Shepherd Drive were closed for several hours as investigators processed the scene.

HPD says they do not have a description of the initial striking vehicle.

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