Suspect sought in hit-and-run
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By PHILLIP WILLIAMS

Gilmer police on Tuesday were still seeking the driver of a pickup involved in an Oct. 12 hit-and-run incident in downtown Gilmer which caused minor injuries to an elderly woman.

Carol Murphy, 70, of Gilmer, was crossing a street in a motorized chair just off the north side of the courthouse square when she was struck, said theGilmer Police Department.

Police spokeswoman Danielle Hammonds released the victim’s name Tuesday.

Police Investigator Roxanne Warren said on the day of the incident that witnesses identified the driver as a white female, and that police were seeking a white Ford pickup.

Ms. Murphy was crossing Titus Street at the intersection with Buffalo Street when she was struck by a northbound pickup with rails on the sides of the bed, said Police Chief James Grunden. She complained of pain in her hip, and was taken by ambulance to East Texas Medical Center Gilmer, he said.

Ms. Hammonds said Tuesday she did not know whether Ms. Murphy had been treated and released, but that her injuries were minor “as far as I know.”

Sgt. Warren said witnesses stated the female driver may have been using her cell phone. She did not stop, the investigator said.

Grunden said his department advised him that at least three eyewitnesses saw the incident, and that one said it appeared the pickup had a short wheelbase. Sgt. Warren said the pickup also had a camper shell on its bed.

The victim was in the middle of the street, believed to be westbound, and had the right-of-way when the pickup struck her, Sgt. Warren said. The truck was eastbound on Buffalo in front of the courthouse, making a left turn onto Titus, when the incident occurred, the investigator said.

Police were called to the scene at 10:26 a.m., Grunden said.

Janice Hargrove, an administrative assistant at the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce office on Buffalo Street near the crash scene, said she heard a noise and saw a truck “speeding off.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Upshur County Crime Stoppers at 843-3131, or go to the Upshur County website and click on the Crime Stoppers link, Mrs. Warren said. Tips can be made anonymously by phone or Internet, and she said the link is a “very secure way to make a tip.”
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