On June 14, a 23-year-old University of Mary Hardin-Baylor nursing student was arrested on suspicion of causing a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on the evening of June 6.
Bell County Sheriff's Department officers were originally summoned to a northbound shoulder of State Highway 317 sometime after 10:30 p.m. on June 6. The individuals who'd requested for them to come to the scene were a 26-year-old man's Ferguson Enterprises co-workers. They'd found his lifeless body along that stretch of roadway after going looking for him when he didn't show up to work for his overnight shift that day.
The McGregor father-of-two had already passed away by the time he was found. He appeared to have been struck by a vehicle from behind. They found his broken backpack and earphones nearby his body. In speaking with the victim's widow, they determined that he was walking to his night job when he was struck.
In addition to the victim's personal effects, investigators located plastic car pieces at the crash scene. They had part numbers on them. They determined that they belonged to the headlight assembly and bumper of a Ford F-150 pickup truck with the model year of 2004 to 2008.
On June 12, the defendant voluntarily appeared at the McGregor Police Department. She told officers that she'd realized that she'd struck the decedent on June 6 while she was traveling between Belton and Crawford.
She told them that she'd taken her eyes off the road to plug her cellphone in soon after entering McGregor. She said that she then remembered striking what she believed to be a mailbox. She didn't stop to check if that was the case though.
Investigators impounded her vehicle soon after that. They then confirmed that the pieces that they'd recovered from the crash scene perfectly matched her vehicle's damage.
She turned herself into police on June 14. She was later charged with failure to stop and render aid resulting in death charges. She was let out on a $150,000 bond on June 17.
Walking along the road at night is dangerous. This is why it's important that motorists don't allow themselves to become distracted. If your loved one has died in Texas at the hands of a motorist who engaged in bad behavior behind the wheel, then an attorney in Waco can advise you of your right to hold them accountable for their actions.