Leonard Harkness returned to the scene after his truck hit Martine Ann Turrey on Tin Top Highway in February and didn’t help the woman, who was found dead early that morning, according to an arrest warrant.
Within a week of the wreck, Harkness repaired a damaged headlight on his truck and hid the vehicle in Weatherford because he believed authorities were looking for it, according to the warrant obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday.
It took authorities months to track down the truck and find Harkness who was in Fred, a small town about 35 miles north of Beaumont near the Louisiana border.
Harkness, 57, surrendered to Hood County authorities in Granbury on Tuesday and faces a charge of failure to stop and render aid/accident involving death.
He admitted driving the truck that hit Turrey and returning to the scene, according to the warrant.
Turrey, 46, of Lipan was killed Feb. 13 on the highway near Granbury, which is about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Turrey’s body was found about 3 a.m. that day on the side of the road.
Evidence at the scene indicated the vehicle was a Dodge truck and deputies along with Texas Rangers began searching. Authorities eventually got information on the vehicle and Harkness. He was located Aug. 30 and surrendered Tuesday.
Harkness remained in the Hood County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $40,000 bail.