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Police still searching for clues in hit and run accident

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police continue to search for the second driver in a week involved in a hit-and-run accident. This latest incident happened around 10 p.m. Thursday night in the northbound lanes near 51st and Slide Road.

Police have little to go on right now because they say the person who hit Eddie Bernard King, 40, took off. The accident happened in front of Popeye's and many other restaurants.

"Initial officers responded and found the victim laying in the roadway, unresponsive, unconscious," said Sergeant John Hayes, Accident Investigator with the Lubbock Police Department.

King was taken to University Medical Center with extremely critical injuries. He is on life support while police continue to search for suspects. Police said although Slide Road has a lot of traffic, they say it's not unusual for witnesses to not fully remember specific details until 48 to 72 hours after the accident.

"A lot of it is it's not normal for everybody to drive down a road and see somebody get hit by a car," said Hayes. "You start thinking about did I really just see what I just saw. By the time you process it you figure out you did just see it and you haven't paid attention to vehicles that have gone by."

In similar cases, police said drinking and driving can be one reason a person flees an accident.

"Typically it's do to intoxication or perhaps a suspended drivers license or some other type of warrant," said Hayes.

Police said someone in a hit and run involving injuries can face up to five years in jail and fined in other charges.

"And if it is truly an accident and you flee the scene than you created a far worse problem for yourself," said Hayes.

And police are still searching for the vehicle and are urging anyone that might know something about this accident to please call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.

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