Fort Worth police seek public's help in hit-and-run accident that killed teen

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by MARJORIE OWENS & TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 11:07 PM

FORT WORTH –– The Fort Worth Police Department has reached out to the public as they investigate a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed a 14-year-old boy.

Deston Bibbs was riding a black bicycle along eastbound Sycamore School Road when a vehicle turning southbound onto Crowley Road struck the teen at about 9:20 p.m. Thursday, read a statement released by the Fort Worth Police Department.


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The teen was transported to a nearby hospital with broken bones and severe head trauma, the statement read. He was later pronounced dead. Police said the boy had tire tracks on his clothes.  

"Maybe the driver didn't see him, but he or she certainly would've known if they hit something, and should've stopped and didn't," said Cpl. Tracey Knight of the Fort Worth Police Department.  "Some accidents happen. This may have been an accident, but when you don't stop and help the person, especially a child; at this point it's a crime, not an accident." 

Fort Worth police are reviewing camera footage from the intersection near the site of the accident in their search for the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run crime. Police said they determined the vehicle was a truck or SUV based on the tire marks left on the clothing of the victim. There were no witnesses.

Bibbs was crossing a field into the street and traveling through an intersection to a convenience store when he was struck. 

"There was massive trauma," Knight said. "Broken bones, head trauma." 

The boy lived through the night and died on Friday. His friends are devastated.

"I was crying in class today," said Dajuan Bronson, a classmate. "I'd just saw him yesterday and now today he's gone."  

Christina Tyerman dropped a bouquet of flowers at the site Friday afternoon.

"My husband was his basketball coach and teacher. We saw him play a lot of games. He's a dedicated player, just one of the fun goofy kids we would see. Our prayers go out to the family and we hope they find closure," Tyerman said.

Police say the vehicle likely has damage. They are reviewing red light cameras and surveillance cameras from the intersection, but so far have few leads, said Knight. 

"We need the public's help so we can bring justice to this little boy," she said. 

Anyone with information pertaining to the fatal accident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 or go to 469tips.com. Tips can remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be given to anyone providing information that leads to an arrest.

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