Lubbock man charged in deadly hit & run says he thought he hit a - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock man charged in deadly hit & run says he thought he hit a dog

46-year-old Melvin Verner Keele (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) 46-year-old Melvin Verner Keele (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A man charged with failure to stop and render aid in regards to a hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Joey Aguero told police he thought he hit a dog.

47-year-old Melvin Keele was indicted by a Lubbock Grand Jury on Tuesday, Mar. 6, after being taken into custody on Friday, Feb. 23.

Keele has been charged with failure to stop and render aid, resulting in death. He is currently being held on $60,000 bond.

On February 1, 2018, Aguero was walking in the right-hand eastbound lane in the 7000 block of 4th Street. Police say a vehicle, being driven by Keele, was also traveling eastbound in the right-hand lane and struck the pedestrian and left the scene.

Since Aguero's death, police have been gathering evidence to determine who may have hit him and left him on the side of the road near 4th Street west of the Shadow Hills golf course. Since that time police were able to determine Keele was a person of interest in that case.

The police report says Keele was headed to Walmart when he thought he hit a dog. He said," It must have been a dog because he did not see anyone around when he looked in the rearview mirror." The report says he went on to Walmart and noticed the damage to his vehicle and a headlight was not working. He told police he called a friend to pick him up because the headlight was not working. He said he did not make a report to the police and he did not return to the scene of the collision. 

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