- Hmmm... How did witnesses know the driver was a "short"
Hispanic man? the story doesn't say. Perhaps the driver may have gotten
out of the van to make sure he'd done the job right... -ed
- A reward of up to $20,000 was announced Thursday for
tips leading to the arrest and charges of a hit-and-run motorist who killed
a chemist walking in the Texas Medical Center.
- Robert Leslie Burghoff, 45, a postdoctoral fellow at
Baylor College of Medicine's molecular virology and microbiology department,
was walking to his car Nov. 20 when he was hit from behind by a white or
light-colored cargo van that jumped the sidewalk in the 1600 block of South
- Burghoff, a father of three who lived in The Woodlands,
had been studying the Norwalk virus plaguing cruise ships.
- Broken glass found at the scene was matched to a Ford
E-series van, 1997 to 2004 model.
- A witness reported seeing a round insignia on the right
back portion of the van, below the license plate, and suspected it was
a city emblem, but no city-owned van of that description was found to have
any damage, police Investigator Ronnie Miller said.
- The van might also have a spider crack in its windshield,
he said. Witnesses said the van had no side windows, but had two dark tinted
windows in the rear.
- The driver was described as a short Hispanic man in his
40s or 50s with a slightly rounded, unshaven face.
- Anyone with information should call the Houston Police
Department Hit and Run Division at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
- Private sources have put up $15,000 of the reward, Crime
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