Mother of local man killed in hit-and-run suspects a ‘setup’

NOLANVILLE, Texas (KWTX) It's been over two months since a 36-year-old Central Texas man was struck by a vehicle and left for dead along a busy highway.

For the first time, Dale Anthony Tatro's mother, Sonya Brend, is talking publicly about what she thinks happened the night her son was killed along East Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Nolanville.

"To my understanding, my son was pushed into that vehicle, which was a setup," she said.

Brend shared a cellphone video with KWTX that she believes was recorded by Tatro hours before the hit-and-run on July 22.

Tatro's voice can be heard on the recording along with other male voices in the background.

She says she believes her son recorded the video to leave behind a trail of evidence to help police catch whoever was responsible for his death.

In the video, her son is wearing a white shirt over his shoulder, and Brend says the shirt also offer clues as to what happened.

"This is the shirt my son was wearing," she said while holding up the shirt.

"You can't really see the tracks anymore...you can see the tire marks on this shirt."

Brend also shared a photo of Tatro she says was taken hours before the hit-and-run.

"From the very get-go, I said my son was killed. Everyone knew my son, he walks that path and you could have found him at any time," she said.

Tatro, the father of six, had been injured before. He lost his arm in 2017 and survived a crash on East Veterans Memorial Boulevard last year.

Nolanville police confirmed they are still investigating the hit-and-run as a possible homicide.

They have been unable to determine if the hit-and-run was an accident or something done willfully.

Bell County Crime Stoppers also assisted, hoping to pull in more leads. As of now, there have been no arrests.

Brend believes her son was killed by people he knew.

"You know who you are. You're going to get caught, so do the right thing and turn yourself in. Let us finish grieving in peace," she said.

For Tatro's family, it is still unknown when they will be able to say their final goodbyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nolanville Police Department.