Man arrested in Fort Worth fatal hit-and-run crash

Posted Monday, Sep. 30, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A Grand Prairie man was in custody Monday, accused of hitting two men with his SUV early Sunday on a service road — killing one and critically injuring the other — and driving away.

Police tracked down Christoper Simon, 29, hours later after a resident reported three men going through an SUV with front-end damage.

Simon was in the Mansfield City Jail on Monday morning, facing a charge of accident involving death. His bail was set at $100,000.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s website identified the victim Sunday as Jose Solis, 19, of Fort Worth, who died at the scene. The second man, whom authorities did not identify, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. His condition was unavailable Monday.

Police responded to a major accident call shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday on the southbound service road of Interstate 35W near East Seminary Drive.

Witnesses told officers that Solis and the other man were standing near their vehicle, which had wrecked on the service road, when a white Lincoln Navigator traveling fast came by, swerved toward the victims and hit them.

The Navigator drove away, leaving Solis dead and other man injured, police said.

Police found several white vehicle parts in the road including a Navigator logo.

Two hours later, a resident on Salem Court called police to report that an damaged SUV was parked in the neighborhood and that three men were going through it.

Officers found a Lincoln Navigator that matched the description of the vehicle that drove away from the accident. On the driver’s door, the Navigator logo was missing, and blood was on the front left tire and rim.

Simon is the registered owner of the Lincoln Navigator, according to police reports.

Simon told police that he was the driver in the collision but that he thought he had hit a tree, not people. After hitting something, Simon told police, he drove to the residence on Salem Court and called his mother to tell her that he had been involved in an accident.

Police impounded the Navigator, and investigators will process it for evidence.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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