Police have identified a 16-year-old girl as the driver in a hit-and-run in which a man in a wheelchair in Longview was killed.
Longview police made the announcement Monday in a post on its Facebook page.
Police did not release a name and said the case would be sent to the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office for review.
John Garnett Page, 65, was hit about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 while trying to cross in the 3300 block of North Fourth Street near Lowe’s in his wheelchair. He was taken to a Longview medical center where he later died.
The vehicle that hit him was described as a charcoal, dark gray or dark pewter 1999 to 2006 Chevrolet or GMC club-cab pickup with a chrome strip on the lower door guard, police said.
Police previously had said the driver in pickup that hit Page will face a hit-and-run charge if caught, but Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said the driver wouldn’t have been cited if he or she had remained at the scene.
According to the report from police, Page was at fault because he didn’t use a crosswalk.
Multiple people stopped to render aid — one person performing CPR — before Page was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The police report also indicates the driver hit a second pedestrian, too. James Carl Frazier, 24, of Gilmer, was walking in the southbound inside lane of Fourth Street trying to help Page.
Frazier declined medical treatment, the report said.
Police records indicate that in each of the past four years, the city has had one traffic incident involving a wheelchair.