Off-duty deputy may have seen hit-and-run driver after crash



Bio | Email | Follow: @wfaajdouglas


Posted on June 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 12:00 PM

FORT WORTH — A family from Eastland, Texas, huddled around a bed in the intensive care unit at Texas Health Fort Worth Hospital Tuesday, that 51-year-old Mitch Riffle can make a miracle recovery.

They also hope the hit-and-run driver responsible for Riffle's injuries will choose to step forward.

Riffle was in a small pickup truck when it was struck from behind around 5:20 p.m. last Thursday on Ranger Hill while traveling eastbound on Interstate 20.

The impact sent the truck tumbling down an embankment, trapping Riffle inside, barely alive.

The husband, father and grandfather now lies in a coma.

According to the Department of Public Safety, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy notified them that she saw an eastbound pick-up truck with heavy front end damage and a crumpled hood around the time of the accident.

The deputy said the truck, driven by a white male driver, was a blue graphite metallic Chevy four door or extended cab with chrome wheels, and a white emblem in the middle of the rear window. It did not have a license plate.

Family members said they hope the hit-and-run driver hears Mitch Riffle's story and comes forward to ease at least some of their pain.

Anyone with more information should call the Department of Public Safety in Eastland at 254-629-2849.