From the article:Authorities found text messages on his phone in which he told his sister he’d been in a hit-and-run, but didn’t think the victim had died. Putterman told police he’d been involved in a hit-and-run in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, and was traveling to Canada to get his car fixed.
I wonder how people drive in Texas if there are TWO hit-and-run accidents with similar-looking cars so close to each other in space and time.
It's not unusual.
This weekend alone there were 3 hit-and-runs in Houston.
Not unusual for look-alike cars here in South Florida, either. Three of our friends in Wilton Manors alone have cars identical to other owners. Often I'll use the parked presence of a friend's car to know if they're inside some restaurant or other place. But not these 3 guys.
One's got a dark blue Mustang convertible with a black top, and its exact match drives in Wilton Manors, too. I'd have to memorize the license plate, and I'm not gonna do that. Another is a pair of black Mazda Miata convertibles, and the third a silver SUV that is so common you'd think they were all coming from a local car rental company, you almost never go anywhere without seeing one.
So a look-alike car is not enough evidence. I do agree the guy's actions are suspicious, and he allegedly did admit to a hit and run, but under different circumstances. And a surveillance view may or may not show the damage from a day earlier.
Nevertheless he evidently admits to a pedestrian hit & run in Katy, Texas. Where's the victim in that? Have the police done detective work on that accident? That would also be a crime. And even after body work, if it's been done (and the article isn't clear if he was stopped at the Canadian border coming or going to have the work), a good forensics examination of the car may turn up things like blood. Only the front end may have been damaged, repaired and cleaned up, but there may be blood splatters on the windshield wipers and other less obvious, hard to see and clean places, like deep behind the front grill. A good team will know where to check.
I do wonder if the police are giving up too easily. I can see this going either way, in this guy's favor or not, but it seems to me more needs to be looked into.