|Saltillo woman killed in hit-and-run accident on I-30|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Feb. 20, 2005 -- A Saltillo woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident which occurred just past the 130 mile marker on Interstate 30 east at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup pronounced Amy Deniece Chester Brown dead at the scene at 11 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy was ordered on the 24-year-old student's body, which was sent to the Dallas medical examiner's office Friday morning to determine if other factors may have contributed to the accident.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
The interstate was closed for more than 21�2 hours while emergency crews worked at the scene and authorities investigated the accident.
According to reports by State Troopers Cody Sanders and Brandon Stribling, Brown and a passenger were traveling east on Interstate 30 when the vehicle they were in left the road and went into the center median near the 130 mile marker, where it became stuck. Brown and the passenger became embroiled in an argument, and Brown began walking away from the car. As she stepped onto the eastbound roadway, she was struck by an unknown vehicle which did not stop, but continued down I-30.
Law enforcement officials from Sulphur Springs to Texarkana searched eastward along Interstate 30 and at rest stops into the early morning in an attempt to locate an 18-wheeler or large rig with front end damage, as authorities believe a large vehicle struck Brown near FM 69.
If located, the driver could face charges ranging from failure to stop and render aid and leave information at the scene of an accident to vehicular manslaughter. DPS reported that no charges had been filed, nor had the driver been identified.
Hopkins County sheriff's deputies and Brinker firefighters arrived within minutes of being alerted of the accident, with deputies confirming that one woman was dead, another person involved and that traffic on the eastbound lane of I-30 had stalled.
Deputies were ordered to shut down the interstate for at least a mile in each direction from the accident scene. Brinker firefighters acted as first responders until Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived.
The passenger, whose identity had not been released by Texas Department of Public Safety officials Friday morning, was taken by ambulance to the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, likely due to shock, according to reports. DPS officials did say just before 7 a.m. Friday that the passenger was not noted to have any injuries.
DPS troopers, assisted by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, were overseeing the investigation into the accident. The roadway continued to be shut down at least partially until at least 1 a.m. and officers continued to look for an 18-wheeler into the early morning hours Friday.