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Houston artist dies following hit-and-run crash

Houston police are searching for a hit-and-run driver following a fatal accident on Aug. 11 that claimed the life of a Houston artist. Authorities say the 33-year-old man was killed when a black Ford Fusion struck his motorcycle.

Authorities are searching for a 25-year-old woman from Gainesville, Texas. Eyewitnesses said that the woman departed on foot from the scene of the crash after hugging her boyfriend and saying, "I'm leaving."

The accident victim, who was a popular lighting designer for stage productions, died Aug. 12 as a result of massive head trauma. He was not wearing a helmet, according to police. He leaves behind two daughters, and reportedly he was traveling to a cast party for a performing arts show.

The wanted woman's boyfriend stayed at the scene and provided a report to police. Authorities say alcohol was involved. In fact, the driver's boyfriend said he and she had been drinking margaritas at his house and proceeded to have more at a local restaurant. Such information could implicate the restaurant should the family of the deceased man pursue a civil claim.

The boyfriend's father provided a statement in which he said the woman called his son following the incident, saying she planned to turn herself in. The father noted that his son stayed at the scene because he had been charged with hit and run in 2008. That charge was reportedly dropped.

After a drunk driving accident takes a person's life, the family of the victim should be aware of their rights under our state's wrongful death laws. Nothing can bring back a lost loved one, but there are legal remedies for holding responsible parties accountable beyond criminal charges.

Source: chron.com, "Houston artist dies in fatal hit-and-run wreck," Erin Mulvaney and Molly Glentzer, Aug. 13, 2012

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