Charges For Double Hit And Run Suspect - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/9/08

Charges For Double Hit And Run Suspect

Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

A Lubbock motorcyclist is dead, and the suspected driver of the car that hit him is in jail. The driver's name, 21-year-old Rochelle Ranson of Lubbock.

Police say Ranson was driving North on Avenue D and slammed into a 2000 Harley Davidson at the 50th street intersection where the motorcycle became wedged underneath the car.

Ranson then backed up and fled the scene, again North on Avenue D where she allegedly hit a pedestrian running over the woman's legs. At that point, two passengers got out of the car and took off on foot. Four blocks away on 46th street, Ranson apparently collided with yet another car, and fled that scene as well.

Ranson is held on an outstanding warrant at the Lubbock County Jail.

The first victim in this case, the rider of that motorcycle, 55-year-old Monte Wampler, died at UMC Thursday night.

As for charges against Ranson, the DA's office is working on those, but at this point they're on hold until Ranson's blood tests come back. Police believe it is possible Ranson was intoxicated at the time.

"With any situation, alcohol tends to free up the way people act and in a lot of folks it frees inhibitions so it can certainly make people react slower and make people react in ways they probably normally wouldn't if they weren't under the influence," said Lt. Jon Caspell with the Lubbock Police.

Police documents released Friday say Ranson could face aggravated assault, failure to stop and render aid and DWI but again, those are not official charges.

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Funeral Set For Motorcyclist Killed In Hit and Run Accident
The funeral for 55-year-old Monte Wampler will be held Saturday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Ralls.

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