A hit-and-run accident near the intersection of FM 726 and FM 1650 in Upshur County on Sunday evening resulted in the death of a Hallsville man, and sent his passenger to the hospital
The hit-and-run happened just a few hundred yards from FM 1650 on FM 727. Thirty-five-year-old Maxwell Hardin lost control of his motorcycle, crashing into the ditch. Hardin and his passenger, Donna Miller, also of Hallsville, were getting up when a pickup truck traveling west hit Hardin.
Hardin was taken to a Tyler hospital where he died Sunday night. Donna Miller was taken to a Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
"Some nearby residents heard the initial crash and saw the suspect. What we want people to do is contact the Upshur County Sheriff's Department if they have any information on the pickup truck or the driver of the truck itself,." said DPS Trooper Jean Dark.
Willie Moore lives on FM 726 near where the accident occurred and he says he's seen a few wrecks in the area, and plenty of speeders.
"People just drive too fast, and thank God they have state patrolmen come through and check it. That's the only way it's slowing down. But it's just a blessing they check it. I want them to slow down. That's the main thing: just slow down and do the speed limit. It's 55 through here," Moore said.
Hardin's passenger, Donna Miller was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center with serious injuries. She has since been released.
The Department of Public Safety is looking for an older model white pick-up truck last seen headed towards FM 1650 on FM 726. They say the truck was sputtering as it drove away and had wide tires. If you have any information on the vehicle or its driver, you are asked to contact the Upshur County Sheriff's Department at (903) 843-2541
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