Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the Texas DPS office phone number.
Update (5:19 p.m. on Feb. 20)
Officials with the Texas DPS said the flatbed pickup truck that troopers were “attempting to locate” was found on Monday, according to an update provided on Monday.
“Several community members provided valuable information that helped lead to the apprehension of the suspect and the suspect vehicle,” the update read.
Officials said the case will be turned over to the Randall County District Attorney’s Office.
Update (7:40 p.m. on Feb. 19)
Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety released information regarding the ongoing hit-and-run investigation, reporting that 39-year-old Bobby Phelan of Amarillo was identified and arrested on Saturday.
According to the DPS Sgt. Cindy Barkley, on Feb. 18, Phelan was arrested in Dodge City, Kansas in connection to the recent hit-and-run incident on South Western St.
Officials stated that Phelan will be extradited to Randall County on the felony charge of failure to stop and render aid.
Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are being assisted by DPS Rangers, DPS Special Agents, Randall County Sheriff’s Office, and APD.
The investigation is ongoing, and no further details are available.
Update (9:00 p.m. on Feb. 16)
According to the Amarillo Police Department, the suspect’s vehicle is believed to be similar to the one in the included photograph.
Update (4:20 p.m. on Feb. 15)
Officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety provided more details surrounding the description of the vehicle in Tuesday’s alleged hit-and-run.
According to an update, Texas DPS officials said video footage from several businesses in the area of the crash showed a full-size flatbed pickup truck, dark in color, with the appearance of lights on the cab traveling southbound on FM-1541. Officials allege that the driver of the truck struck the person walking south in the far right lane, continuing south and turning west onto Farmers.
Officials said that investigators could not determine the truck’s make or model based on the video footage, but stress that the investigation is ongoing. Officials are asking that anyone, including automotive body shop owners and employees, who have information on the incident and/or were in the area at the time to contact the Texas DPS office at 806-477-1711 or the Amarillo Crime Stoppers tip line at 806-374-4400.
UPDATE: (3:30 p.m.)
The Texas Department of Public Safety released more information on an alleged hit-and-run that left one person dead Tuesday morning.
According to DPS, at around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, one person was hit by a vehicle based on an investigation done at the scene.
Police identified the body as Murphy Maynard, 27, of Amarillo.
DPS is asking anyone, including automotive body shop owners/employees, with information on the fatal crash or who was in the area at the time is encouraged to contact its offices at 806-277-1711 or the Amarillo Crime Stoppers Tip line at 806-374-4400.
Update: (9 a.m.)
According to officials at the scene, deputies were called to the 6100 block of South Washington Street at around 5:30 a.m. on a report of a person found dead in the roadway. Officials noted that the man who was found was sent for autopsy and that the initial investigation led officials to believe that his death was the result of a hit-and-run.
The identity of the man was not released at the time of the update, though officials reopened Washington Street to traffic by 9 a.m.
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – According to the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, access to Washington Street from 58th Avenue and Farmers was blocked on Tuesday morning as officials worked to respond to and investigate an accident in the area.
The Sheriff’s Office advised that community members avoid the area and expect traffic to be diverted at 58th and Washington and Farmers and Washington. Drivers in the area should be cautious of delays and detours as well as emergency responders on or near the roadways.
This is a developing story. MyHighPlains.com will update this article as new information becomes available.
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