Search for Driver in Hit-and-Run Continues

Search for driver of Ford truck is ongoing.

By Keaton Fox
|  Thursday, Jun 21, 2012  |  Updated 6:08 PM CDT
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Residents in Haslet near where a jogger was killed in an hit-and-run say speed is a factor on roads nearby.

Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 News

Residents in Haslet near where a jogger was killed in an hit-and-run say speed is a factor on roads nearby.

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The Tarrant County Sheriff's Office said it has located a pickup truck believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Haslet early Thursday morning.

Walter Hopkins, 37, of Haslet, was fatally struck while jogging in the 13000 block of Willow Springs Road at about 5:45 a.m.

"He was jogging in the opposite lane so he could see what traffic was coming," sheriff's office spokesman Terry Grisham said.

Grisham said the driver crossed the center lane and hit Hopkins from behind.

The sheriff's office said the 2007 blue Ford Ranger believed to have struck Hopkins was found at a vehicle body repair shop in north Fort Worth.

The sheriff's department impounded the vehicle and is searching for the driver.

Grisham said the driver left the scene after hitting Hopkins.

"It's cowardice," he said. "It's fear. It's a lack of concern for the person they've injured, but in any event, no matter what the reason, it's a bad thing to do."

Matraya Lewis, who lives on Willow Springs Road, said the driver should have stopped.

“To be the type of person who could hit someone and just carry on with their day, knowing that you just took someone’s life -- that’s just wrong, and I really hope they catch them, because that’s sad. That’s someone’s son or father or boyfriend or husband," she said.

She and her father, Macarthur Lewis, said drivers speed on Willow Springs Road at night and early in the morning.

Macarthur Lewis said he would bring up the issue at Thursday night's meeting of the Highland at Willow Springs Homeowners Association. He said he hopes speed bumps can be installed in the subdivision.

Anyone with information about the driver is asked to call 911 or the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office at 817-884-1212.

NBC 5's Andrew Tanielian contributed to this report.

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