6-year old dies from hit and run on Christmas

Triton Howell, 6

6-year old dies from hit and run on Christmas

A Franklin Elementary student, Triton Howell, passed away December 27 after roughly two days in critical condition. Triton was originally taken to CHI St. Joesph in Bryan, but was transported to a Houston area hospital where he passed away.

During Triton’s hospital stay, friends and family as well as community members posted an overwhelming number of videos, all singing to Triton as he clung to life, the song, his favorite according to his mother, Amber Howell, “Jesus Loves Me.” “I think god was just ready for him,” said Amber Howell.

According to law enforcement at the scene, Howell was struck by a 2002 Ford Ranger driven by 18-year old Katlyne Martinez of Franklin. According to Texas DPS, Martinez fled the scene of the accident, but stopped roughly 5 miles away when the truck she was driving failed.


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