Lufkin Police responded to an auto-pedestrian accident late Tuesday night on South Timberland Drive in which a Lufkin man was injured and flown to an out-of-town hospital.

The victim in the accident is identified as Tracey Colquitt, 45, of Lufkin.

A witness told officers that he was traveling on South Timberland Drive near the intersection of Denman Avenue around 11:30 p.m. when he saw Colquitt in the road. The witness said he stopped his truck to help Colquitt when a silver car ran over him. The witness said the car – a silver Cadillac sedan – continued on and did not stop at the scene.

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Officers found a license plate which belonged to the suspect vehicle in the roadway. They went to address of the registered owner, and around 12 a.m., the suspect vehicle showed up at the home.

Luis Ruperto Garza, 20, of Lufkin, identified himself as the driver of the vehicle. He also had a female passenger. Garza said he was paying attention to stopped truck and did not see Colquitt in the road until it was too late. He said he left the scene because he panicked.

Colquitt was taken by ambulance to a local helipad and flown by medical helicopter to an out-of-town hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. He was conscious and alert following the incident. He appeared to have a broken leg and gash on his head.

The incident remains under investigation and charges may be pending.


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