DPS seeking public's help in finding driver in Jasper Co. auto-pedestrian incident

JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Department of Public Safety is seeking the public's help in finding the driver of a Ford pickup that was involved in a hit-and-run incident in which a 38-year-old woman was struck from behind while she was walking on U.S. Highway 96 early Sunday morning.

According to Trooper David Hendry, a DPS spokesman, the hit-and-run occurred between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday morning just north of Jasper. DPS troopers in Jasper County responded the scene.

Hendry said the victim, Deborah Loftin, of Newton, was walking in the northbound traffic of U.S. Highway 96 when a vehicle struck her from behind. She was struck in the right shoulder, and she is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is looking for a 2007-08 model Ford pickup with extensive damage to the driver's side near the outside mirror. The model of the truck will either be an F-250, an F-350, or an F-450, according to a DPS bulletin. The color of the vehicle is not known.

If you have any information about this hit-and-run incident, please contact the Angelina County DPS office at (936) 699-7340.

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