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Fort Worth neighborhood residents recall dragged man

FORT WORTH -- A 70-year-old man, who died Wednesday after he was hit by one vehicle and then dragged three blocks by another, was a familiar sight in his north Fort Worth neighborhood, residents say.

Short, stooped and slow, one arm was frozen in a curled position. He walked a lot -- using a cane -- and sometimes stopped in the Stockyards Tavern where another customer would usually buy him a Busch beer.

People called him "Panchito."

"Just a real harmless guy," said Linda Taylor, a tavern manager. "Didn't say much. Would drink his beer and then eventually move on."

The man was first struck by an Oldsmobile Bravada about 7:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Northwest 25th Street, said Sgt. Rodney Bangs, supervisor of the traffic investigation unit.

The Bravada driver pulled over, and the car behind her swerved and missed the man, who was still in the roadway, Bangs said.

A third vehicle, described as a pickup, struck the man and dragged him three blocks to the intersection of Northwest 24th Street and Ross Avenue, Bangs said.

Several witnesses saw the man being dragged, and drag marks could be seen between the two locations, which are about one-third of a mile apart.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, within a mile of the Stockyards.

Police are looking for a newer model, low-rider, gray Chevrolet pickup with an extended cab. It had tinted windows, flare sides and large chrome wheels.

The man's name was not released Thursday because his family had not been notified. Several north side residents said they did not know where he lived and that he may have stayed outside.

Several residents complained that the sidewalks along northwest 25th Street are in poor condition. Many sections are broken, cracked or just a beaten path of rocks and dirt.

"Sometimes you have to use the street," said a man, who identified himself only as Robert and was pushing a shopping cart full of clothes home from the laundry mat. "It's dangerous. The sidewalk will go for awhile but then you have to cross over and use the other one."

Anyone with information is asked to call the traffic investigation unit at 817-871-7110.

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