Cleveland Man Charged in East Texas Hit-and-Run
Details of the Fatal Accident
The Cleveland Advocate reports that Josey Scott, 19, was killed on February 10 when she was struck by a vehicle while jogging along FM 2666 near Red Road in Shepherd, Texas.
Reports indicate that Scott was completing her evening jog when the incident occurred, the driver fled the scene.
Authorities announced Friday that they had charged Cleveland resident Larry Duncan with Failure to Stop and Render Aid Resulting in Death, a second-degree felony.
While there had previously been speculation that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, DPS records did not mention alcohol or other intoxicants. However, a review of Duncan’s criminal history did show a conviction for DWI in 1994, a conviction for driving with a suspended license in 1995, and convictions for possession of a controlled substance in 2003 and 2006.
Duncan is being held on a $750,000 bond.
Texas Auto Accident Statistics
- In 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,377 traffic related fatalities.
- 1,883 of these fatalities occurred in rural areas of the state, and 767 occurred at or in relation to an intersection.
- Pedestrian accidents were responsible for 485 deaths in 2013.
- Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 1,089 traffic fatalities in 2013.