A 15-year-old girl jumped out of a moving car while arguing with her mother on a highway in Texas – and another vehicle killed her, officials said.
The events at Interstate 45 in Harris County on Monday night were a very fine chain, sheriff’s officials said.
The teenager’s identity was not immediately released.
“She was hit by another vehicle that didn’t stop,” said Harris County Deputy Sheriff Thomas Gilliland, adding that he fell into a neighboring row before killing the girl. “A lot of people were very upset by what happened.”
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The girl’s mother is cooperating with investigators. It’s unclear what they discussed before the “worried” teenager decided to jump out of a moving car, Gilliland said.
“Obviously there’s nothing worth it,” he said.
The teen was found dead at the scene, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Monday night.
After the accident, the direction of traffic in the southern direction of the car changed. A portion of the I-45 was later reopened in the rush hour on Tuesday morning, KHOU reported.
Investigators worked on Tuesday to find the driver who ran over the girl, Gilliland said, and perhaps she was unaware that the man had hit someone.
“We need to find that person and find out what happened,” Gilliland said Tuesday. “Maybe they hit once, even though they didn’t understand [the girl], they had to understand that it was a body, not rubbish or anything. “
The driver who ran over the girl could be charged with leaving the crash site. Investigators will hand over any evidence to senior judges to determine if they will be prosecuted for the incident, the deputy said.
“You may not have had time to stop, but once you hit a person, you definitely have to stop,” Gilliland said.