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9/4/08

Weekend Hit & Run Turns Deadly

Late Thursday morning, authorities pronounced 31-year-old John David Elam dead at University Medical Center.  Investigators say a car hit Elam and then fled the scene early Saturday morning, as he was walking in the 1300 Block of Quaker Avenue.

Police say Elam was walking northbound, in the eastern most traffic lane when someone hit him round 2:30 a.m. Saturday.  Authorities pronounced him dead just before noon Thursday, five days after the accident.

Now, investigators are calling on the public to help solve this case.  "If they saw anything at all, if they'll bring that information forward to us, there's no way to know whether it's relevant or helpful unless they bring it to our attention. The most minor of details may be what solves this crime," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

Evidence found near the scene suggests that a Doge Ram pickup, 2004 to a 2007 model, may be involved.  Investigators say the truck would most likely have front, passenger side damage, but they don't want to limit the call to just that make and model.

If you saw anything around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, cars or trucks with damage near 13th and Quaker, or if you know anything about this accident, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. You can remain anonymous.

Investigators say they don't know why Elam was walking at 13th and Quaker Saturday or where he may have been walking to or from.  That information would also help in their investigation.

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