Ryan Lutz, 35, right, was hit by a pickup truck driver in Building 900 of West 25th Street on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He died in hospital 10 days later.  GoFundMe was created to help with his family's expenses.

The pickup driver who killed a heights man hit a Tesla minutes later

New reports reveal the investigation of the driver who hit and killed a hilltop man who walked his dog on April 5 for drunk driving after a separate incident that occurred just minutes after Houston police released him from custody after the fatal collision.

The 33-year-old pick-up driver, whose identity has not been revealed by Crohn’s because he is not facing charges at this time, was heading east in Building 900 of West 25th Street at 6:05 a.m. on Tuesday as Ryan Lutz of The 35-year-old walked his dog on the edge of the road, according to the crash report. That’s when the driver of a black Chevrolet Silverado hit Plutz from behind, throwing him nearly 90 feet and killing the pup. Lutz was taken to the hospital and died a week later.

Immediately after the collision, the driver stopped and called 911, he said in a statement. When Houston police arrived, they noticed the severity of Lutz’s injuries and called for help from the Police Department’s Vehicle Crimes Division (VCD), which detained the driver for questioning.

Ryan Lutz, 35, right, was hit by a pickup truck driver in Building 900 of West 25th Street on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He died in hospital 10 days later. GoFundMe was created to help with his family’s expenses.

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In a press release earlier this week and again by phone on Friday, Houston police said investigators have assessed the driver at the scene and determined he did not have a disability. The officers allowed him to get back behind the wheel of his small car and leave the scene without any quotes.

Speaking through Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Saintes, VCD investigators declined to answer when the driver was released from the scene. However, Raul Chiquilo – whose home is just in front of where the driver parked his truck after it crashed and killed Lutz – told Kron that he saw the truck leave the scene around 8:20 a.m.

The corner of West 25th and Brinkman Streets, seen here on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, is the closest intersection where 35-year-old Ryan Lutz was hit on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Lutz died in hospital 10 days later.

The corner of West 25th and Brinkman Streets, seen here on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, is the closest intersection where 35-year-old Ryan Lutz was hit on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Lutz died in hospital 10 days later.

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After being fired by police, the driver continued east past Durham and Shepherd, then almost immediately collided with a Tesla Model 3 parked in District 700 of West 25 just before 8:30 a.m., according to witnesses and police. The force of that collision was that of a Tesla, according to the car’s owner, Louis Grill.

Grell provided papers from HPD showing that the driver who crashed his Tesla was the same man as the driver listed in the crash report for Lutz’s death. Investigators confirmed that the driver was involved in both collisions.


“It seemed a little out of the way,” Grill said of the driver’s behavior after hitting the parked car. His girlfriend, Samantha Jezeki, said the driver looked confused and “not everything is there”. She said police officers and first responders seemed “confused” by the circumstances.

The first Houston police officer to arrive at a Tesla crash expressed this sentiment over police radio waves. The officer was not on the original call, according to an archived record of Houston public safety incidents kept by Houston software engineer David Wilson. These same records show that there was at least one officer who appeared in both scenes.

The officer told the dispatchers, “My incident now involves the same person who hit the pedestrian.” “I’m not sure why it continues [unintelligible]. “

Sintez said that while officers who worked on the fatal pedestrian crash determined that the driver was not disabled, officers who worked at the scene where the unmanned Tesla crashed decided that he was. The driver was taken to the hospital, where the police got a blood draw that was sent for examination.

Houston firefighters work at the scene where a pickup truck driver crashed into the back of a parked Tesla Model 3 minutes after Houston police released him from the scene of a fatal pedestrian collision on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Houston firefighters work at the scene where a pickup truck driver crashed into the back of a parked Tesla Model 3 minutes after Houston police released him from the scene of a fatal pedestrian collision on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Courtesy Louis Grill

The investigators did not say how long the toxicology results lasted. Once the police receive them, they will decide whether to press charges. It is unclear whether the results of the blood draw can be used to sue the driver for hitting Lutz. Sentiz declined to answer whether or not officers requested that blood be drawn from the first incident, citing only a previous press release that stated he was found to be unwell and released.

When the driver spoke with officers after hitting Plutz, he told police, “I never drink alcohol,” according to a statement attached to the accident report. The driver said he had been ill since the Sunday before the accident and was on his way to buy some coffee when he hit the man. “I’ve never seen the man on the street,” said the driver. “I have felt and heard the effect.”

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