Woodville PD looking for hit and run driver

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville Police Department is looking for the suspect in a hit and run accident that occurred in Woodville on October 10 that caused extensive damage to the other vehicle involved.

According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, the original accident occurred at HWY 190 and 69 in Woodville when a 18-Wheeler Tractor Truck rear ended a Toyota Camry and pushed it from the roadway, across the intersection, and into a parking lot. The Camry had extensive damage to the back end and the driver and a passenger were both transported by Dogwood EMS to Tyler County Hospital. The victim's vehicle sustained over $5,000 in damage. Woodville Police Officers believe the truck was accelerating when the accident happened.

Witnesses at the scene stated that the 18-wheeler rear ended the vehicle while both were travelling northbound. After the accident the 18-wheeler fled the scene and headed north. Attempts to locate the commercial truck were unsuccessful.

"Within the next week, officers with the Woodville Police Department recovered video evidence from a local business that captured the accident happening," McCulley said. "Based on that evidence, officers were able to get a description of the truck that left the scene and after several weeks of trying to locate the company's management, officers were able to make contact with the owner of the company who confirmed the name of truck driver that was operating that particular truck on the day and time of the accident."
Once the vehicle was found, there was evidence on the truck that confirmed it had been in an accident. On the front of the truck, there was an imprint of the victim's car license place, according to McCulley.

The driver has been identified as Robert Dustin Stephenson, age 38, of Lufkin and is wanted on charges of Accident Involving Damage to a Vehicle. Other charges may be pursued.

"We are currently seeking his whereabouts and if anyone has any information regarding his location please contact the Woodville Police Department," McCulley said.