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A Veteran Left For Dead In A Hit-And-Run Accident

A veteran of the North Texas Army was left in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run accident in Grand Prairie last Friday. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect driver.

NBCDFW reports that Gulf-War veteran Paul Clark was out riding his 50 CC moped on the morning of Friday, September 18th, when he was struck by a motorist along a northbound frontage road to Texas State Highway 360 near Carrier Parkway.

Investigators say that the crash happened at approximately 5:40 a.m.

The suspect motorist did not stop and attempt to render aid to the 64-year-old disabled veteran. Instead, he was left for dead by the side of the road.  

Clark was later discovered by another motorist who witnessed the crash and found him severely injured. Among the injuries he suffered in the collision is a brain injury. A family member told NBCDFW that he is currently in critical condition and has a 50/50 chance of survival.

According to his great-niece, Cherokee Smith, it’s a bit of a mystery where her great-uncle was headed to at that hour of the day.  “He’s usually never out at that time of the morning,” Smith said.

Family members are shocked and saddened by how anyone could have hit their loved one and driven away. 

“He’s a strong person, you know, happy and outgoing and ready to give someone the shirt off his back,” Smith said of C. “Just to see him like that knowing that someone out there is still enjoying their life while he’s fighting for his own. It hurts. It really does.”

Grand Prairie Police say the only clue they have so far about who hit Clark is from an eyewitness who described the suspect vehicle as a light-colored sedan. Investigators are searching for surveillance video either before or after the crash that may give them more information, leading to an arrest.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Grand Prairie Police Department at (972) 237-8906.

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