A grandfather was killed after a tow truck driver sped off with the man straddling his repossessed SUV Thursday morning in Texas, according to Houston police.
Alberto Nduli, 68, was awakened to someone banging on his door saying that a wrecker driver was trying to tow away his vehicle shortly after 7 a.m., according to Nduli’s sister-in-law Patricia Malewo. The man ran outside to confront the driver, believing the tow was a mistake since the vehicle was parked in his assigned spot at his apartment complex in the 7400 block of S. Gessner, Malewo said.
When he ran outside to try and stop the tow truck driver, he apparently jumped onto the SUV as it was attached to the wrecker, Houston Police Department Capt. K. J. Deese said. The wrecker driver reportedly gunned his engine, throwing Nduli off balance, family members told Chron.com.
He fell hard to the street surface, receiving fatal injuries, Deese said. It is unclear if he was ever run over by either vehicle, although investigators are expecting an autopsy will shed light on the extent of his injuries, according to Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division.
The tow truck driver sped off, dropping the repossessed SUV off at the tow truck’s lot, Deese said. Hours later, the driver returned to the scene and was immediately placed in handcuffs.
He will likely face a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid, which carries a 20-year sentence, if he is convicted. His identity was not immediately released.
“He left the scene,” Teare said. “By his own admissions prior to returning to the scene, he knew there was an altercation. He knew the owner of the vehicle was there and involved in a crash. Whether or not he knew that individual lost his life really is immaterial as to whether or not there’s a failure to stop and render aid charge.”
The charge addresses whether someone “knew” or “should have known” someone was injured.
“In this case, someone was more than injured. Tragically, someone lost their life over something that shouldn’t have happened,” said Teare. Continue Reading