Lubbock Man On Trial For Hit and Run - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/15/05

Lubbock Man On Trial For Hit and Run

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A Lubbock man is on trial for leaving the scene of an accident, exactly one year ago today. Ricky Crawford is charged with failure to stop and render after allegedly hitting bicyclist Sheila Austin. She died just days after the accident.

NewsChannel 11 learned there were two people inside the car the night Sheila Austin was hit. One was Ricky Crawford, the other was his friend, LaQuincy Freeman who is expected to testify Wednesday.

Crawford hasn't testified yet. But Tuesday, we heard from a police detective, a sheriff's sergeant, and Crawford's ex-girlfriend who owned the car. In her testimony she says Crawford was driving her car the night Austin was hit.

A wiper blade found at the scene matched the car but no one actually saw who was driving the car. So, now the state must prove Crawford was the driver.

Failure to stop and render aid can result in a prison sentence up to five years but since Crawford has previous felonies, his punishment could be more severe if convicted.

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