Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tips Needed To Solve Fatal Accident

Killeen Police are seeking the public's help in solving a fatal hit and run accident that happened in May.
Killeen police issued a news release Friday asking for residents to provide information or to help locate a vehicle suspected in the death Orlando Rivera Paz. He died in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident.

"We're just looking for any clues we can. We've exhausted what leads we have. So we needed to get it out and see if anybody else knows anything," Carroll Smith, Killeen police spokeswoman, said.

Rivera Paz was riding his 2002 Honda motorcycle east in the 2700 block of East Veterans Memorial Boulevard about 8 p.m. May 16 when a driver in a maroon vehicle, possibly a Dodge Intrepid, traveling west turned in front of him.

Rivera Paz did what riders are supposed to do when faced with an accident. He laid his motorcycle on its side before striking the vehicle's passenger side.

The vehicle ran over Rivera Paz when he slid under the vehicle as it sped away onto Hillside Drive, the news release stated. The driver fled the scene.

Rivera Paz died after being airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Family, friends and fellow riders held a memorial motorcycle ride during his funeral May 21. Rivera Paz's brother, Eduardo Perez Paz, expressed anger and determination before the funeral ride.

"We want this guy to know that all motorcycle riders are brothers in arms ... sooner or later we're going to spot the vehicle, get the plates and turn him in," Perez Paz said. Source: Killeen Daily Herald

It would be better if the driver came forward than if he was found first by a bunch of angry bikers.

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