Fatal Hit-and-Run on Christmas Remains Unsolved

Family offers $5,000 reward for information leading to conviction in case

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Monday, Mar 26, 2012  |  Updated 7:12 PM CDT
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Two brothers are still searching for answers more than three months after Heinz Schlotter was killed in a hit and run accident on Jacksboro Highway early last Christmas.

Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 News

Two brothers are still searching for answers more than three months after Heinz Schlotter was killed in a hit and run accident on Jacksboro Highway early last Christmas.

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The family of a man killed in a hit-and-run on Christmas morning in Lake Worth are offering a reward in the case.

A maroon Ford Explorer blew through a red light and hit Heinz Schlotter Sr., 59, on Jacksboro Highway just before 6 a.m. on Dec. 25.

Schlotter, of Sansom Park, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he died four hours later, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.

Schlotter's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the driver.

The family and Lake Worth police said they hope someone has information about the sport utility vehicle that hit him. Police said the mirror and window on the passenger side were damaged and it is possible the passenger side windshield was damaged.

The vehicle was a Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition with a model year between 2005 and 2010, police said.

The driver did not stop to help.

"And it's amazing that someone can do that and just drive off and continue to do what they normally do," Heinz Schlotter Jr. said.

He said his father's death redefined Christmas for him.

"It's a day of dread now," he said.

"I've already been through the stages, I guess, that you're supposed to go through," he said. "I'm just kind of numb now."

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