League City police say tipsters have identified a driver possibly involved in hit-and-run incident that took the life of yet another area cyclist.
Kevin Ronald Munson was struck around 2:30 a.m. early Thursday morning as he cycled along the 1900 block of East Marina Bay Drive, roughly a mile west of the Kemah Boardwalk area. Emergency officials — who were contacted by a witness at the scene — rushed the the 45-year-old victim to Clear Lake Region Hospital with serious head injuries. Munson was pronounced dead soon thereafter.
Surveillance shows a woman removing a large piece of wreckage from her sedan.
Investigators released surveillance footage from a guard shack of the Waterford Harbor gated community, located next to the crash site. Recorded just after the accident, the video shows a woman and a security guard removing a large piece of wreckage from the front wheel of a grey, four-door sedan. The woman tosses the piece in her car and drives away.
League City Police Department spokesperson Reagan Peña tells CultureMap that the woman, whose name has not been released, has been located and interviewed. An investigation and accident re-creation are underway, and charges have yet to be filed.
A recent string of fatal hit-and-runs has put the area cycling community on edge, particularly after the high-profile death of cyclist Chelsea Norman. As efforts to improve Houston's bike infrastructure creep forward, heated debate continues about better ways for bicycles and vehicles to share the road.
While Houston motorists and police voice concern about rowdy all-city bike rallies like Critical Mass, cyclists feel law enforcement has turned a blind eye to a new city law that guarantees a three-foot buffer between cars and bicycles. According to an investigation by the Chronicle, not a single citation was issued in the first six months after the law went into effect in May 2013.
Anyone with information about the League City case is asked to call detective John Griffith at 281-338-4167. Watch the video surveillance tape below: