The past month has brought a slew of hit-and-runs where victims have ranged from elderly men in wheelchairs to young children. The terrible trend in drivers fleeing the scene of an accident has continued this week with two more heart-wrenching incidents. An increase in hit-and-runs is more than an increase in car accidents; it points to a real moral failing in North Texas. These drivers can and will be prosecuted in criminal court for leaving after an accident regardless of whether or not that accident was their fault.
Mother of 1-Year-Old Killed In Hit-And-Run
The first of this week’s victims was a beautiful 22-year-old woman named Charayla McMilan (McMilan’s age was listed as 21 by WFAA and her name was spelt “McMillan” by that news source.) McMilan was a passenger in a car going south on Fort Worth’s I-35 West early on Sunday morning about a quarter after midnight. She was traveling in the vehicle with family members when she began to feel sick. The driver of the car pulled over onto the service road just before Everman Parkwary. Her cousin and boyfriend were in the car at the time.
McMilan got out of the car and was struck by a driver in what investigators believe was a black pickup truck. WFAA reports that her neck was broken on impact and that she died instantly. McMilan’s family is devastated. Her one-year-old daughter celebrated her first birthday only a week before the accident. Her stepfather Larry Livingston is begging the public to help provide any information that they can.
Witnesses described the black pickup to WFAA as being a “‘work truck’ with large tires, a toolbox mounted in the bed, and louvers on the rear window.” If you have any information please contact the local police or the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers immediately.
Motorcyclist Dragged And Then Abandoned
A Lake Worth motorcyclist driving on Jacksboro Highway was hit by a motorist who did not stop. The accident occurred around 3:30 am on Sunday morning. Motorcyclists Christopher Andrew Journeay was going westbound on the highway near NW Center Drive when his bike was rear-ended.
Journeay was dragged for at least a block by the reckless vehicle. There is no indication that the negligent driver stopped at any time. Journeay was found and taken to the hospital in critical condition. There’s no word from the media on what his condition is this afternoon. It is a miracle that he was found in time to be taken to the hospital. We hope he is recovering from his injuries. The Journeay family has reached out to the media. His family has begged the driver to come forward.
The Lake Worth police are trying to find the culprit. Investigators believe that the suspect’s car likely has front-end damage. Unfortunately, FOX 4 News reports that there are “no witnesses or evidence” to this horrendous crime. Anyone with information on the case could make a huge impact by contacting the police at 817-237-1224.