Pedicab hit-and-run: driver wanted after hitting a pedicab with a vehicle in Houston, overturning and injuring driver

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Houston police are searching for the driver responsible for hitting a pedicab after an Astros game last week, injuring a man and woman.

The crash occurred around 9:40 p.m. on September 27 near the intersection of Austin and Capitol Streets.

Surveillance video shows a small gray SUV hitting the pedicab and overturning it on its side.

The pedicab driver, who asked not to be identified, said she woke up under a parked car on the street.

“I opened my eyes and it was pitch black,” the young woman recalled. “I was really scared.”

She said she looked over and saw her passenger Gloria Fuentes next to her and she feared the worst.

“I thought, ‘No way,'” said the cyclist. “That hit me the most. I thought the person just left. She is lying face down. She didn’t answer for a good minute.”

Finally she said that Fuentes had started to move.

Both women were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The cyclist has a broken nose, a bruised tailbone and had to have stitches on her head.

“I have a broken cheekbone,” Fuentes said. “I have a broken jaw and my teeth are broken and my fingers.”

Fuentes had gone to the Astros game with her boss that night. He was in the bike stall with her at the time of the accident, and police said he also sustained injuries.

Neither the pedicab driver nor Fuentes understood why the driver didn’t stop.

“It was a big bike,” said the cyclist. “You can’t miss that big bike. If you saw it tip over, wouldn’t you want to stop to see how people are doing?”

“I would have at least thought that the person would have enough heart or compassion to look after people,” she said. “People aren’t like me. I have to think about that.”

Fuentes feels lucky to be alive. She has no intention of ever riding a rickshaw again.

The cyclist said she won’t be returning to her bike any time soon. Both she and her husband have been driving the pedicabs to concerts, games and the rodeo for at least four years. She said it was a good time and that she was meeting new people.

“I always have a good time with my clients,” she said. “I’ve had clients come back who trust me with their families because they know the fun time, so it’s just crazy how it happened and it’s changed a lot.”

A GoFundMe has been set up for Fuentes, who is struggling with her injuries without health insurance. She said she plans to see a plastic surgeon and dentist in the coming days to further evaluate her injuries.

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