Police have identified the pedestrian killed in a December 6th, 2012 hit-and-run. Police responded Thursday to numerous reports of a man laying in the side of the roadway. Downs was pronounced dead on the scene.

Scene of the Accident

Eye witnesses have yet to come forward, however police are investigating whether or not security camera footage nearby could help in identifying the driver. The accident occurred somewhere near the intersection of Eastex Freeway and Park North Drive.

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Jason is back to work and is now playing Sled Hockey and wheelchair rugby!! Jason is the strongest and most amazing man! He may nly have 1/2 a leg, but that is ALL he is lacking!! Thanks to prayer and GOD and awsome first responders and Baylor doctors. Jason's wife, Sheila
— Sheila
I'm a former employee. I had brought up this exact scenario and suggested a maintenance procedure that would eliminate the possibility of this type injury. Obviously my warning went unheeded.
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I was actually a couple cars back from this wreck, one of the first on the scene, and helped administer CPR on the victims. The truck driver was going way too fast, but it was actually his trailer that swung around and hit the suv, the semi-truck ended in the median.
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I appreciate how you've commentated on this tragedy--informative, with questions, but not hurtful. I live within 30 mins of this crash site, and I am appalled at the entire situation :(. I can't even begin to understand what could have happened to make this come to fruition, but I will be keeping up with it so I can learn what investigations bring to light about how something awful like this could happen. Rest in peace, Thomas, Carolyn and Carolyn...
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  1. Here’s how this story ends –
    A Kirbyville man originally charged with manslaughter in a 2012 wreck that killed a Lumberton man has been found guilty of criminally negligent homicide by a Jefferson County jury.
    After about two and a half hours of deliberation beginning Wednesday afternoon and ending Thursday morning the jury found Justin Lawson, 26, not guilty of second degree manslaughter and guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of Mitchell Glen Downs in December of 2012.
    Many members of Downs’ family left the courtroom in tears following the unanimous verdict.
    The wreck occurred along northbound Eastex Freeway near Park North Drive.
    Lawson, who was 22 at the time, fled the scene of the crash and was later arrested on manslaughter charges.
    He now faces between six months and two years of jail time.
    Had Lawson been found guilty of the manslaughter charge he could have faced up to 20 years in prison.
    Sentencing will now follow the verdict.

    This man killed this pedestrian and just kept driving because he was drunk. When finally arrested later, he blew a 1.1. So you can drive drunk, knowingly hit a person, drive on home, and only be charged with being negligent? What about DWI, fleeing the scene of an accident, etc.? Where are those charges? Who dropped the ball here?
    This family is in mourning AGAIN after a second tragedy is thrown upon them.

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