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Houston crime: Hardy Toll Road hit-and-run crash investigation

A 21-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Aug. 19. His household stated there have been extra questions than solutions because the investigation will get underway.

HOUSTON — A Houston household stated a legislation enforcement mix-up has led to extra questions after their cherished one was killed in a hit-and-run crash earlier this month.

The funeral for Edwin Favela, 21, was held Tuesday. He died from accidents he suffered on Aug. 19 when he was driving his bike dwelling from work on the north facet of city.

What occurred

Favela’s mom, Tracie Martinez, stated her son was on his method dwelling from work close to the intersection of Hardy and Mooney, close to the Hardy Toll Road, when he was hit by rushing automobiles.

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“Two cars were racing and they hit my son,” she stated.

Martinez stated video from a neighbor’s digicam reveals the second Favela was hit. The video seems to point out Favela turning, and moments later, two automobiles rushing by.

“Why did you leave him like he was a dead animal dead on the street?” Martinez stated.

Favela was taken to an space hospital the place he remained within the intensive-care unit for seven days. He died final Thursday.

“His dad and I were by his side,” Martinez stated.

Video obtained by KHOU 11 News from a gasoline station a couple of blocks away from the crash website additionally seems to point out two automobiles touring at excessive speeds on the feeder highway.

Who’s investigating?

Favela’s household is devastated by their loss but in addition needs solutions. That’s the place, they stated, issues are getting complicated.

The household stated investigators have dropped the ball in Favela’s case. The crash occurred on Aug. 19. On Aug. 22, the Houston Police Department stated it assigned the case to an investigator. HPD then stated it handed the case over to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the identical day.

But, HCSO stated it did not get the case till Aug. 25.

“We want justice … find out who did it. … Why did you leave him? Why didn’t you have the heart to stop?” Martinez stated.

Martinez stated she personally emailed HPD Police Chief Troy Finner, and when she heard again from him, the ball began rolling on the investigation.

Martinez stated she has video of the incident, in addition to automotive components, however she stated HPD did not take it.

Co-workers react

Favela was working at a close-by taco truck. Martinez stated he was working so as to pay for his son to get ear implants.

“He was doing all the things he may to earn the money for his son,” Martinez stated.

Favela’s co-worker and household good friend, Ernesto Ovalle, stated he was simply with him earlier than the crash.

“I used to be with him, like, two minutes (earlier than it) occurred,” Ovalle stated.

Ovalle stated he was the primary particular person on the scene and fought again tears when he noticed what occurred to his good friend.

“Friends, family, he was a great kid. He was a great kid. He was a great friend,” Ovalle stated.

The taco truck at which Favela labored was one in every of 12 that was not too long ago robbed. The similar suspect is believed to be chargeable for the robberies.

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A GoFundMe account has been set as much as assist the household with bills.

How to assist

Anyone with details about this case is requested to name HCSO or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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