The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday evening was still working to collect and enhance security footage in an attempt to find the license plate number of a vehicle that left one deputy injured after a hit-and-run Tuesday evening, officials said.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, was struck about 6 p.m. Tuesday by a gray Toyota pickup truck while responding to an accident on state Highway 146 near FM 646, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

“We are still searching for the vehicle [and] the possible driver,” he said.

The deputy was left with minor injuries, Trochesset said.

The crash happened after the deputy had pulled over to the side of the highway to respond to a wreck involving two other vehicles, Trochesset said.

While the deputy was out of his patrol car, he was struck by a passing pickup truck, Trochesset said. The deputy saw the truck coming and managed to get part way onto the hood of his patrol car but still was injured, Trochesset said. The truck did not stop, Trochesset said.

The passenger-side mirror of the truck hit the deputy and was torn off the truck, Trochesset said.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was released on Tuesday night, Trochesset said.

The sheriff’s office is looking for a gray pickup truck with damage to its passenger side and a missing mirror, Trochesset said. The driver of the truck could be charged with failure to stop after a crash and failure to make room for first responders.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the crash to call investigators at 409-766-2300 of 866-248-8477, or to call Galveston County Crime Stoppers at 409-763-8477.

Reporter Emma Collins also contributed to this report.

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



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