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6-year-old hit by truck on Christmas dies in hospital

Katlyne Martinez
Posted at 11:55 AM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 16:40:56-05

ROBERTSON COUNTY, TX — A 6-year-old has died days after he was hit by a truck while riding a 4-wheeler on Christmas morning. He passed away at 12:54 a.m. Friday morning.

The crash happened around 10:15 a.m. on FM 46 near Morgan Lane in Robertson County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 2002 Ford Ranger was traveling south on FM 46 when the boy came out onto the roadway from a private drive.

DPS says the driver, identified as 18-year-old Katlyne Martinez of Franklin, kept going until her truck became disabled a few miles south.

The child, Triton Howell, was taken to a Houston hospital. He died Friday morning.

An account benefitting Triton Howell has been set up at Robertson County Bank in Franklin. You may donate funds to help Triton and his family at any of the bank locations.

Martinez was arrested at the scene for failure to stop and render aid with serious injuries. She has been booked into the Robertson County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office shut down Hughes Cutoff Road and Morgan Lane Wednesday morning while emergency crews were on-scene. The area has since been reopened.