Forecast more >
Showers are a little more prevalent with a system moving just south of Sea Rim State Park. This system has the National Hurricane Center investigating, and has placed a 20% probability that the system will become tropical during the next 48 hours. However, the system is heading west and southwest, moving closer to the Corpus Christi and Brownsville ...
Port Arthur family pleading with driver in hit and run to surrender
PORT ARTHUR- by Haley Bull
A family is pleading with a driver to surrender after crashing into their loved one and driving away. The victim is in critical condition and police along with the mans family are looking for answers.
The spray paint still stains the pavement, marking the spot of the accident more than a week later.
I wish I knew what the markings meant, Jana Barnes said. She returned to the site Friday morning.
All we know is he was visiting friends, walking down the street across the street something happened, she said.
Someone called 911 shortly before 10 p.m. March 12th. The caller reported a driver had run over Barnes cousin, Kenneth Barnes.
He had a lot of internal bleeding, his internal organs were damaged, he has had his spleen removed, he's had his organs repaired, he's had his broken bones repaired, he had a crushed pelvis they repaired that. This morning he's having surgery to repair his jaw. His jaw has to be wired for six weeks. He has a feeding tube, he is communicating, he's not out of the woods, he's still critical, she said.
While hes fighting to recover at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, family and investigators are looking for answers.
I hope he can walk again. I hope he can run with his daughter. I hope he can attend her school functions. I hope that he can live a normal life, Barnes said.
Now the police are turning to the public to help them track down the driver they say hit Barnes and drove away in the 300 block of 14th street in Port Arthur. They say the driver is possibly in a gray or silver colored Chrysler 300 or Nissan maxima, with damage to the front end.
The witness actually said the entire vehicle actually rolled over the gentleman and kept driving. So we don't have any idea where he had been or who he had been with or anything. We just kind of at a standstill, kinda at a loss just waiting for some information to come in, Port Arthur Police Sergeant Scott Gaspard said.
Police searching for a driver, while a family is looking for answers and offering a message to the person who was behind the wheel.
Explain that it was an accident, accidents happen. But if it was your family member you wouldn't want somebody to do that to them. Just admit what happened. It was an accident and lets move forward, Barnes said.
Anyone with information can call the Port Arthur Police Department at 983-8600.