Crime Stoppers offering big reward for information in hit-and-run case
Police say they need help in finding driver of car that hit girl, 5
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 27, 2006 - Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 in rewards to anyone who can provide enough information which results in an arrest and/or conviction about Wednesday's hit-and-run incident that injured a child.

Police are looking for help from anyone who may have information about the accident in which the 5-year-old Sulphur Springs elementary student was struck by a vehicle while crossing Main Street to board a school bus about 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Police said more information is desperately needed to crack this case, and ask that anyone with any information, whether it be from an eyewitness or someone who later was informed of a possible suspect, to call police or Crime Stoppers.

Tips regarding the accident can be made to police investigators at 903-885-7602, or called in for the possibility of a reward to Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020. Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to give their names, just their information, and calls are handled in such a way that the caller's identity is confidential.

Authorities Thursday followed up on tips they thought might lead to a suspect, but after further investigation still did not have enough information to implicate anyone for failure to stop and render aid.

Had the driver, who hit the girl upon failing to heed warning lights requiring motorist to stop for school bus loading, stopped after striking the girl, the charge would have only be a misdemeanor for failure to stop for a school bus resulting in injury. However,  because the motorist failed to stop and render aid, that person now faces felony charges.

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