Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 21, 2013

Truck likely involved in hit-and-run found

Forensics testing under way


Godley police on Monday met with a person who might have been driving the tractor-trailer that ran over 49-year-old Carrie Fitzgerald who died early Friday morning. 

Fitzgerald, who apparently flipped her 2000 Chevrolet pickup at least three times at 60 mph, was ejected from her car in the 9000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2331 at about 1:35 a.m. Shortly after, police Chief James Healy said, Fitzgerald was run over by a tractor-trailer. 

“We got a call from a trucking company that they had found a truck that had been in the area at the time that we were looking at and there was what appears to be some blood spattering underneath the vehicle,” Healy said Monday. “At this time, its kind of a guesstimate on our part that this would be the vehicle involved. What we’ve done is a forensics on the vehicle to have it tested to see if we have a match. The driver would have come thru that area between 1:03 and 1:17 a.m.” 

The company is in Somervell County, Healy said. 

Healy said the driver of the tractor-trailer has been drug tested and drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the “unfortunate series of events.” The driver told police that he was focused on a truck, likely Fitzgerald’s, which had its headlights facing the road as he passed through the area, Healy said. At the last second, the driver, who had moved over to the left side of the road to give the truck room “thought he saw something in the roadway but he did not feel anything that would indicate to him that he would have run over anybody,” Healy said. 

The medical examiner investigating the cause of death said it will be difficult to tell whether Fitzgerald was already deceased when she was run over, Healy said. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Godley police at 817-389-3500.

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