Thanksgiving night hit-and-run accident leaves one pedestrian injured in Dayton

A vehicle struck and injured one of two brothers walking alongside CR 661 in the Dayton area Thanksgiving night, authorities say.

According to Trooper Charles Gillham, Benjamin Ginsel, 21, and his brother, Matthew Ginsel, 19, were walking eastward on CR 661 toward SH 321 when a pickup truck struck Benjamin.

The vehicle that hit the young man reportedly fled the scene without stopping to render aid.

“The driver of another vehicle saw the suspect’s vehicle. He had seen the vehicle swerving on the county road. It clipped his mirror as it went zooming past him,” Gillham said. “The next thing he heard was a scream and he looked back to see that Benjamin had been struck by the vehicle.”

Benjamin reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ground ambulance to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, where he was treated and released. Matthew was uninjured, the trooper said.

DPS has identified a possible suspect in the hit-and-run accident.

“We are still gathering information at the scene. No arrest has been made concerning the actual crash at this time,” Gillham said. “We are still investigating. Trooper McCarty is the lead on the case.”

By Vanesa Brashier,


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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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