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Houston records first cycling death of 2014

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An man whose body was found in Braes Bayou late Monday evening was apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver, according to the Houston Police Department. HPD sources say that the unidentified man, found at about 8:00 p.m. on January 13, was believed to have been riding a bicycle in the 8200 block of Harrisburg in southeast Houston at approximately midnight on Sunday when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The driver did not stop, making this the third fatal hit-and-run involving a cyclist in recent weeks. Identification of the man, believed to be about 40 years old, is withheld pending notification of relatives.

Although two men fishing in the Bayou found the victim late in the evening, a friend of the man told HPD that he had been talking to him as he rode his bicycle home from work. Officials believe that he was struck by a vehicle near a bridge over the Bayou and his body was propelled off the roadway into the water.

Police are asking anyone with knowledge of the incident to call the CrimeStoppers tip line (713-222-TIPS) or the HPD hit-and-run unit (713-247-4065). Police are still seeking information into the hit-and-run deaths of Chelsea Norma, along Waugh Drive, on December 1 and of Stephen Belle, who was struck on Normandy on December 20th.

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