NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of a March 28 hit-and-run crash on Douglass Road that left a bicyclist with serious injuries, Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for the first and most accurate tip that leads to an arrest or a grand jury indictment.
According to an NCS bulletin, the Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating the felony hit and run, which occurred at about 4 a.m. on the morning of March 28.
Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said that the hit-and-run incident occurred in the 2600 block of Douglass Road.
"A bicyclist was traveling westbound on Douglass Road (SH 21) at the intersection of the southbound off-ramp of Loop 224 (Stallings Drive)," the Crime Stoppers bulletin stated. "A dark-colored truck tractor, possibly carrying a pole trailer 'piggyback,' exited the off-ramp, striking the bicyclist. The bicyclist was drug by the truck for a distance."
Sowell stated that the driver of the truck failed to stop and render aid and continued west on Douglass Road. The bicyclist was identified as Thomas Matthew Smith, 47.
"Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest or a grand jury indictment in this case," the bulletin stated. "All information is confidential, and you will not be asked your name."
Anyone with any information may call Crime Stoppers at (936) 560-INFO (4636). Tips may also be submitted at the Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers website.
Smith told East Texas News that the truck driver didn't let him cross the road and drove right over him.
"I knew the second I sat down on the side of the road that something was wrong," Smith said.
Doctors at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital told Smith that he suffered six broken ribs, two fractures in his back, and a broken ankle.
"I should not be lying here talking to you right now," Smith said. "I should not be in a position where I am able to get well. But, I am."
You can also donate to help Smith get back on his feet by going to his GoFundMe page, as well as visiting any Community Bank of Texas and donating to the account under the name of "Matthew Smith Benefit Account."