90-Year-Old Killed in Car-Pedestrian Accident

90-Year-Old Killed in Car-Pedestrian Accident

By Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's the second car-pedestrian fatal in six days in Odessa. On Monday morning, 90-year-old Halbert Fanning Jr. was killed and the driver is still on the run.

"Had that vehicle stopped, more than likely they wouldn't be at fault since there wasn't a crosswalk. However, since they fled the scene is becomes failure to stop and render aid, a third degree felony," Cpl. Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department, said.

Employees at a nearby car dealership said they saw the whole thing. They declined to speak on camera but told NewsWest 9 they heard a bang then went outside to see Fanning laying on the street.

"We do know who the owner of the vehicle is. At this time, it's being actively investigated," LeSueur said.

The driver of the car, a white Crown Victoria, took off after hitting Fanning and dumped the car at the American Legion.

"The vehicle has been seized by Odessa Police and will be used as evidence," LeSueur said.

NewsWest 9 spoke to a neighbor of Fanning's, who was too distraught to go on camera. He said the 90-year-old veteran was very friendly. He said Fanning would house sit and took his neighbor's kids on as his own adopted grandchildren. Fanning celebrated his 90th birthday this past July.

This is the second car pedestrian accident in just six days in Odessa. Last week, 42-year-old Joann Dominguez was killed on Second Street after she was hit by not one, but two cars. Dominguez died at the scene.

In Monday's hit and run, no charges have been filed at this time. Police are looking for 21-year-old Jonathan Scott for questioning. If you have any information, you are asked to call Odessa Police or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.