FORT WORTH -- Jerry Winton was a Vietnam veteran, a strong, quiet man who rebuilt old cars and made providing for his family his top priority, his daughter said.
That's why the 70-year-old recently started a mechanical engineering job. His wife of 42 years has medical issues and, during the two years he was out of work, he paid about $1,000 a month for her health insurance.
"He was so happy to be working again," his daughter Cindy King said. "His whole life was about taking care of us."
Mr. Winton's family grieved Monday, two days after he was run over outside an east Fort Worth business. Police said that at 11 a.m. Saturday another driver backed his car into Mr. Winton's Chevrolet pickup in the parking lot of a doughnut shop in the 5600 block of Meadowbrook Drive, about four miles from his home.
The two drivers got out to exchange information, police said. But then the other driver got back into his car and started to drive away. Mr. Winton reportedly grabbed onto the car and was dragged. After he let go, the other driver ran over him and did not stop, police said.
Mr. Winton was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital.
Investigators were following leads Monday and were confident that they will identify the driver, a Fort Worth police spokesman said.
King said she didn't understand how the other driver could leave her mortally wounded father in the road.
"My dad would never hurt anyone," King said tearfully. "He only wanted to get [the other driver's] information. That's what he would have thought was right."
Mr. Winton worked all his life, whether it be at a professional engineering job or in the garage he built behind the family home in Fort Worth, King said. He was rebuilding a 1972 Monte Carlo.
The Wintons also have a son, Stephen Winton, 32.
Mr. Winton hoped to work at least two years because his wife, Nancy, hasn't yet qualified for Medicare, King said. He had gone to a swap meet Saturday morning to look for tools and likely stopped for doughnuts on the way home.
"He left his cellphone at home, so we didn't know what had happened to him," King said. "Then the police came to the house."
Mr. Winton was a member of Bridgewood Church of Christ in Fort Worth. Church member Vic Mestan said Mr. Winton was among the first people he met in Fort Worth after Mestan's company transferred him to the city in 1969.
For years, the men played golf on Thursdays.
"He was a good friend," Mestan said. "I'm sick about what happened to him."
Alex Branch, 817-390-7689