Fort Worth

Arrest made in hit-and-run that put Keller theater student in a coma

The intersection of Funnel Street and Alta Vista Road is where Aaron Lancaster was the victim of a hit-and-run March 19.
The intersection of Funnel Street and Alta Vista Road is where Aaron Lancaster was the victim of a hit-and-run March 19. Star-Telegram

Police arrested a Crowley High School student accused in a far north Fort Worth hit-and-run accident that left a Keller Timber Creek High School sophomore in a coma.

Matthew Wyman, 18, was arrested Monday at Crowley High School. He is accused of striking Aaron Lancaster, 16, in a crosswalk on Alta Vista Drive at Funnel Street in Fort Worth on March 19 and then driving away, according to a Fort Worth Police Department news release.

The collision vaulted Aaron 93 feet, according to the arrest warrant affidavit, leaving him with a broken arm, broken leg, vertebrae fracture, bruised lung, broken rib and brain injury.

A witness told police that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and hit Aaron, who was walking in the crosswalk after activating the crosswalk lights, according to the affidavit.

Aaron, a sophomore at Timber Creek High School, has been improving but remained in a coma Monday, according to Teri Gray, a Timber Creek theater booster parent. The school is located in Fort Worth but is in the Keller school district.

An online fundraiser has set a goal of $30,000 to help with his medical expenses.

Aaron is involved in the theater program at the school, and was leaving rehearsal when he was struck. He was found in the street clutching his script from “Ugly Lies the Bone,” a friend said.

Police found a small part from the vehicle’s bumper at the scene that belonged to a Toyota Sienna minivan from 2004-06, according to the affidavit. A Crime Stoppers tip offered a possible suspect’s phone number. Wyman identified himself in a text message from that phone number, and police found that his mother has a 2004 Toyota Sienna.

In an interview at Crowley High School, after his Miranda warning rights were read, Wyman told police he was driving in the same place at the same time of the crash and said he was “uncertain what he hit and went home,” the affidavit said. Wyman’s phone records corroborate his statement, the affidavit said.

Wyman, of Fort Worth, faces a charge of accident involving serious bodily injury and was being held on $5,000 bond, according to the news release.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST