NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After what authorities believe is a hit-and-run accident involving a woman who was jogging along North University Drive on May 30, Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers is seeking the public's help in finding the driver responsible.
According to a press release, the woman was jogging south on the sidewalk in the 2500 block of North University Drive when the accident occurred between 9:10 and 9:20 a.m.. The woman was found just off the roadway a bit north of the commuter parking lot at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Kent Hutchison, the woman's husband, told East Texas News that while she was running along University Drive, a dog started running with her. It paced her for several blocks, and the woman that she would let it follow her home, and then advertise to find its owner.
Hutchison said his wife started calling the dog "Sandy" because it reminded her of Little Orphan Annie's dog. She said that was the last thing she remembered.
Hutchison said his wife suffered a broken shoulder blade and broken ribs. He said she will be OK, and was even up and walking around Monday. The press release stated the woman's injuries lead investigators to believe that she was struck by an unknown southbound vehicle.
The dog began running in and out of traffic and going back and forth to where his wife lied off the sidewalk and near some woods, Hutchison said. He said the dog's actions are what brought attention to the accident.
Paramedics told Hutchison that the dog was circling his wife and barking. To them, the dog was protecting her, and they assumed it was her dog. Hutchison said they called him to come get their dog. He told them that it wasn't his dog.
However, Hutchison went to sign the papers to adopt the dog Monday morning and learned that its rightful owner had been found.
According to Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers, the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run accident should have some damage to its passenger side and/or a damaged passenger-side rearview mirror.
NPD officers are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to contact the Nacogdoches Police Department Traffic Division at (936) 559-2607.
Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of the person driving the vehicle in this incident. All calls are confidential, and you never have to give your name. Call 936- 560-INFO (4636), submit a tip to Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers Website, or select the Submit a Tip tab on the organization's Facebook page.