The accident happened around 3:10 a.m. Friday morning and crime scene investigators are trying to figure out what happened.
The preliminary investigation says that a person driving a blue Volkswagen Jetta was going southbound on the freeway when the victim failed to yield the right of way and stepped in front of the Jetta and was hit. The victim was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
Houston police said the driver stayed at the scene, cooperated with investigators and was released. It does not appear that he was impaired in any way, police said.
Police have been questioning him and he’s told them he was on his way to work when the accident happened.
According to HPD, the driver says he saw the man walking on the outside shoulder, and then suddenly, he was in the lane of traffic and was hit.
The crash is under investigation and the southbound lanes were shut down.
Many police units and tow trucks were there directing and blocking traffic, but the freeway is now back open.
The investigation is continuing, but police said they may never know what really happened.