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Social media post leads to quick-hit-and-run arrest; charge pending

A surveillance camera at the Lorena Police Department recorded this image of the hit-and-run vehicle.  (Police photo)
A surveillance camera at the Lorena Police Department recorded this image of the hit-and-run vehicle. (Police photo)(KWTX)
Published: May. 6, 2018 at 10:47 PM CDT
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Thanks to the quick response from a surveillance photo released on social media, the Lorena Police Department has been able to identify the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash, Chief Tom Dickson said Monday.

“I was surprised at how quick we did,” said Dickson.

“We put it out on Facebook and within an hour got calls on it.”

Saturday’s crash involved two vehicles on the same street as the police department, which has a surveillance camera that surveys the road.

Dickson said one driver was going down the street and slowed down to turn into a driveway.

A woman in a second car apparently failed to see that the vehicle in front of her was slowing and her car hit it.

The woman didn’t stop.

Dickson described the crash as minor, but said the woman’s vehicle left a part behind.

From that part, an officer was able to determine the year, model, and make of the vehicle, and found the vehicle on police department surveillance footage, Dickson said.

The officer was still working on the report Monday, but once complete, Dickson said charges will be filed against the local woman.

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