Truck suspected in League City hit-and-run

Police on Wednesday released this security camera image of a truck suspected to have hit River Russell, 19, of League City, on Monday. Russell was critically injured and died at a local hospital Wednesday morning.


Investigators pleaded Wednesday for the public’s help finding a truck they suspect hit and mortally injured a teenager Monday.

River Russell, 19, of League City, died in a hospital Wednesday morning of injuries he sustained in the hit-and-run crash early Monday, police said.

A passerby called police to the 1800 block of FM 270 in League City just before 4 a.m., police spokesman Kelly Williamson said.

Officers found Russell unresponsive in a roadside ditch and near a “debris field” that included his skateboard, police said.

Russell was not able to speak to investigators before he died, Williamson said.

Police believe Russell was riding his skateboard on the road before he was struck sometime between 2:45 a.m. and 3:50 a.m. Monday.

Investigators don’t know where he had been before he was struck, or where he had been heading, Williamson said.

Police late Wednesday afternoon released a blurry security camera image of a truck investigators suspect might have struck Russell.

The image, captured about 3:30 a.m. at what appears to be a self-storage facility, shows a large white or light-colored box truck driving south along FM 270.

There are no discernible markings on the truck and police don’t know the make or model, Williamson said.

The department had video indicating the truck in the image is the vehicle that struck Russell, Williamson said.

Police released little personal information about Russell on Wednesday. Public records indicate he lived at an apartment complex on Signature Point Drive, about 3 miles from the scene of the hit-and-run.

There’s a sidewalk set back from the road in the area where Russell was hit, but it doesn’t extend the entire length of the road. The area is dimly lit, Williamson said.

Police asked anyone with information about the truck or the incident to call investigators at 281-554-1873.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


(1) comment

Charlene Adams

How dare you drive off and leave someone on the side of the road!! How could anyone do that?

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