Fort Worth police search for driver after another fatal hit-and-run on Crowley Rd.

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 8:56 AM

FORT WORTH -- Traffic was racing by. And as two bicyclists rode by, a grieving family yelled out a warning.

"Be careful!" they said. "It's dangerous here!"

They were holding on to each other and clutching a photo of a man they love. And they'd come to the spot where they lost him.

James Walker, 51, was hit and killed in the 9900 block of Crowley Rd. in South Fort Worth, near the Crowley city line. The vehicle that ran over him did not stop.

"That's what hurts more than anything, to know he may have suffered or he may have laid there," said Walker's sister, Carla. "And nobody stopped. I can't imagine how somebody can run over somebody and not even stop. It's just not right."

Fort Worth police say James Walker was standing in the southbound lanes of Crowley Road around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. They say a southbound car hit him and drove away.

A vehicle's mirror was found at the scene, and police say it's possible the suspect was driving a metallic burgundy Toyota Scion.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Walker's 23-year-old daughter is, too.

"I would plead and beg. Anything. The slightest detail would be beneficial," Brooke Walker said. "Even if they don't think it's important, it is. It's extremely important to us, no matter how small it is."

She choked up as she spoke of the fondest, most vivid memories of her father.

"He'd always open the door for me," she said, fighting back tears as she recalled. "And, you know, when I traveled, he'd always make sure he'd get my bags for me. Pick them up. Open and close the door for all women all the time. He was a gentleman, you know, and especially with my generation, I feel like there's not a lot of men that do that."

Standing with the Walkers was a family friend who could not hide her anger or disbelief. Jennifer Key's pain was familiar and fresh.

"My oldest daughter was first on scene when Deston Bibbs, a 14-year-old, was riding his bike right down the street and was hit and killed," she said. "And now my best friend's brother, and my friend, James, has been killed on this very same road. I'm very angry about it."

Bibbs was killed in April, in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Crowley and Sycamore School Roads. It's less than a mile north of the site where Walker died.

In Bibbs' case, detectives have since revealed that a trucker ran over the teen, but did not realize what he'd done. He's been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Key feels like more needs to be done.

"It's too much -- it's way too much," she said. "These people are innocent. And it's not fair to hit somebody and run away. They've got to step up and take responsibility for their actions."

Brooke said she's trying to stay strong.

"God has his reasons for why he needed him now," she said. "I'm trying to remain positive about the entire situation.

"But if somebody saw him that night, or saw anything, it's extremely important to our family," she said. "We're grieving. We want to seek justice. We want my father to have his justice."

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