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Beaumont Police investigating hit and run death on Eastex Freeway


BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel


Beaumont Police are investigating the death of 23 year-old Mitchell Glenn Downs of Lumberton. Police discovered his body in the median of the Eastex Freeway service road after drivers called police shortly before 7 this morning.


Police say it appears a truck struck the man as he walked Northbound along the shoulder of the freeway. People who work across the highway say they've seen it before.


"I've seen lots of accidents out there, just 2 weeks ago we saw someone run through the ditch and we had not a clue it was like that when we got to work this morning." Tabitha Pritchett, an onlooker told KFDM News.


Tuesday morning Pritchett found a similar scene with her driveway blocked off in yellow crime scene tape.


Police spent the morning recreating the scene and urge drivers to remian alert to avoid more accidents like this hit and run.


"People who are driving sometimes get lost in their own little world and they don't pay as close attention as they should and that's how these types of tragic accidents occur." Sgt. Rob Flores with Beaumont Police told KFDM News.


Pritchett says it's heartbreaking the man was only 23 years old with a whole life ahead of him.


BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police are investigating the hit and run death of a 23-year-old man whose body was discovered in the median of the Eastex Freeway service road, according to information provided to KFDM News by Sgt. Rob Flores.


Flores has identified the victim as Mitchell Glenn Downs, from Lumberton.


Officers shut down the Eastex Freeway and the service road at Lawrence Drive earlier Thursday to investigate the death. 


Drivers called police shortly before 7 a.m. to report seeing a body in the median that separates the northbound side of the Eastex Freeway from the service road near Park North, between Lawrence Drive and the LNVA canal.


Police say it appears a vehicle struck the man as he walked northbound along the shoulder of the freeway. 


Justice of the Peace Nancy Beaulieu responded and ordered an autopsy. The Traffic Unit, with assistance from the Crime Scene Unit, will continue to investigate the crash to identify the person responsible for the death.


If you have information about what happened call Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS. You could earn a cash reward and operators won't ask for your name.


Beaumont Police investigating hit and run death on Eastex Freeway

Friday, December 7 2012, 09:30 AM CST
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