August 7, 2014

Hit-and-run motorist kills moped rider in Fort Worth

A hit-and-run suspect dislodged a moped from the front of his sports utility vehicle after the wreck on Interstate 35 and then fled the scene early Thursday, police said.

A man driving a moped was killed early Thursday on Interstate 35 after he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist, police said.

Officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as 59-year-old Timothy Campbell.

The moped was dragged underneath the suspect’s vehicle several hundred feet, police said.

The accident was reported shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the 3300 block of the North Freeway.

A witness told officers he was traveling in the southbound lanes of the freeway behind the moped, which had its hazard blinkers on, when a vehicle he described as a Tahoe came up behind the moped at high speed and crashed into it. The moped driver fell off on the highway and the Tahoe ran over the moped and dragged it, the witness told police.

“It (the moped) was found by officers on a service road by a Conoco gas station,” Fort Worth police Capt. David McElroy said in an email.

Fort Worth police spokeswoman Sharron Neal said the suspect’s vehicle may have been a black Tahoe.

“The moped lodged in front of the SUV and the suspect vehicle continued southbound on the freeway,” Neal said in an email. “The SUV exited the freeway, pulled near a closed business, dislodged the moped and fled the scene.”

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