Authorities seeking driver after fatal auto-pedestrian accident in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Shelby County Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian crash that occurred on State Highway 7 early Thursday morning in which the driver fled the scene.

According to a DPS press release, the victim has been identified as Maricela Hernandez, 29, of Houston. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene by Shelby County Justice of the Peace Marla Denby.

DPS troopers responded to the crash at about midnight on Thursday. It occurred on SH 7 about six miles west of Center. The driver of the vehicle that struck Hernandez fled the scene without informing law enforcement.

The press release stated that details of the crash are limited at this time. The driver and vehicle are being sought by state troopers who are actively investigating the crime.

"This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available at this time," the press release stated. "Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to notify your local enforcement agency or contact Lufkin DPS Communications (936) 699-7340.

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