• March 07, 2023

Marisa Hayden Upshaw, Riley Hayden-Hayes Injured in Truck Hit-and-run Accident near Snyder, TX

Snyder, TX -- February 6, 2023, Marisa Hayden Upshaw and Riley Hayden-Hayes were injured after an accident where a truck hit them, then fled.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 6:00 a.m. on US Highway 84 outside of Snyder, which is in Scurry County. Initial details said that Marisa Hayden Upshaw and Riley Hayden-Hayes were in a pet transport vehicle at the time when it appears a semi-truck somehow crashed with them. Details say that truck driver was seen "hesitating" before then leaving the scene.

Both Upshaw and Hayden-Hayes were injured in the crash and continue to recover. The animals in the vehicle apparently were not seriously harmed. Police say the runaway vehicle was a semi-truck with a flatbed trailer that fled toward Snyder. No further information is available at this time.

Marisa Hayden Upshaw, Riley Hayden-Hayes Injured in Truck Hit-and-run Accident near Snyder, TX

Even a month after the crash, it's encouraging to see local media outlets take interest and spread the word. That's just about the most helpful step we as members of the public can do in these situations. I recall a situation a while back where we were helping out a family who lost a loved one due to a hit-and-run truck. As we recirculated the details in local media, a couple came forward who witnessed the crash, and that was a major breakthrough.

It turned out that couple followed the truck and wrote down its info. They only broke off pursuit because that maniac literally tried to run them off the road when he noticed them. They made it out safely, though, and even went to the police with the details. Unfortunately, the authorities somehow lost track of the information and never followed up. They noticed our reports, though, and came forward to help bring justice for that family.

That's an example I always bring up when folks look at accidents like this as hopeless or beyond solving. It's only been a month, and it would surprise people to see just how long after an accident like this someone in the community can connect the dots. I remain hopeful that similar efforts from areas surrounding Snyder and Lubbock could yield similar results for the family affected by this awful event.


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