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Family of 80-Year-Old Man Killed in Hit-and-Run Call on Driver to Turn Themselves in

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Police are asking for the public's help to locate a "vehicle of interest" in connection to a hit-and-run that left an 80-year-old man dead Jan. 30 in Arlington.

A person who drove past the 900 block of E. Timberview Lane at about 4:28 p.m. Saturday called 911 and alerted authorities to a man lying in the road, Arlington police said.

The victim was identified as Roy Smith, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Police said Smith's wife told officers he walked outside to check the mail and did not return. She told officers about 10-15 minutes later she noticed emergency vehicles a few houses down from their residence.

Smith's youngest child, Sylvia Smith, said her father was out on his regular routine of walking and going to check his mail when he was hit.

She said her father, a master mason, had taken great care of his family, including three daughters, two sons and wife of more than 50 years.

"No one really could say anything bad about him, he had a good heart of gold," Smith said. "He'd give you the shirt off his back if he had to."

Roy Smith's youngest child, Sylvia Smith, said her father was out on his regular routine of walking and going to check his mail when he was hit. She wants the person who hit her father to turn themselves in.

Roy Smith had lived at the home on Timberview for about five years. Sylvia Smith said the street is very busy and cars constantly speed down it.

Smith said the family wants closure in death of a man they say brought peace and happiness with him wherever he went.

"Turn yourself in, that's it. That's all we ask," she said. "Because as hard as you think it is for you what you did, it's way harder for us because you took a life. You took my dad."

Arlington police asked neighbors to check home surveillance systems for footage between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Police said they were looking for a 1999-2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab. They said the passenger-side door, hood and both front quarter panels are a lighter color, while the rest of the truck is a darker color.

Police noted Texas law requires a driver to stop and render aid in the event of a crash that causes injury or death.

Neighbors said Smith was a military veteran who was recovering from a recent stroke and was often seen walking along Timberview Lane.

"He was minding his own business, you know, getting his mail," neighbor Patrick Culligan said. "And this idiot hits him. And I hope they find the guy and throw him in prison."

Police said detectives were tracking down a few promising leads.

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