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Hit and run fatal for Sulphur Springs man, 21, Friday morning

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A 21-year-old Sulphur Springs man died after being struck by a car while walking on East Industrial Drive early Friday morning.

The driver of the car believed to have been involved in the hit-and-run crash was located a short while later; he’s being held at the county jail on felony charges of intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid, police said late Friday morning.

Nathan Paul Spataro was pronounced dead at the crash site by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup shortly after 3 this morning.

As is standard procedure in fatality crashes, Glossup ordered an autopsy be conducted at the medical examiner’s office in Dallas, according to Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk.

The crash is still under investigation by SSPD, assisted by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas Ranger John Vance.

Officers responded just after 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of East Industrial Drive to a report of a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian.

Upon arrival, it became apparent the victim, identified as Spataro, was deceased.

Based on a preliminary investigation at the scene this morning, authorities believe Spataro was walking on East Industrial when he was struck by a car. The driver did not report the incident to authorities but apparently continued on.

Officers turned up other information pointing to James Blake Spinks, 24, of Yantis as the person driving what they believe was the car that struck Spataro.

Both Spinks and Spataro were reported to have been seen at a club earlier in the night.

Spinks was taken into custody by SSPD officers Lonnie Taylor and Gina Gainer at 3:27 a.m. at 1495 East Industrial Drive.

He was taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where blood sample was drawn to determine if any alcohol or drugs might have been in his system.

Spinks was then taken to the county jail, where he was being held just before noon Friday on the felony charges, Bayuk said.








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