Driver dead, 3 children hospitalized after hit-and-run on I-10


HANKAMER, TX (CHAMBERS COUNTY) – A driver was killed and three children were injured after they were struck by a hit-and-run driver following a separate truck crash on I-10 in Hankamer on Friday night.

According to 12 News Now, the initial crash happened on eastbound I-10, about 1.5 miles south of Hankamer, as a 2012 Chevrolet SUV was parked on the side of the highway and was then hit by a 2017 Kenworth 18-wheeler truck.

After the crash, the driver of the SUV, 50-year-old Port Arthur resident Georgiana Thomas, had gotten out of the vehicle when she was struck by a second driver who then fled the scene.

Thomas died at the scene.

Three juvenile passengers, ages 4, 7, and 8, were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for undisclosed injuries.

The truck driver, 68-year-old Minnesota resident Lyle Kjonaas, was not hurt in the crash.

Authorities continue to search for the hit-and-run driver and their vehicle and to investigate the crashes.

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