Another Microbiologist Killed -
Houston Hit-And-Run
Reward Offered In Hit-And-Run Chemist Was Killed In Medical Center

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 Braeswood.
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 Stoppers $5,000.
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle




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