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Written apology found beside body of hit-and-run victim

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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Written apology found beside body of hit-and-run victim

09:48 AM CDT on Wednesday, April 1, 2009
By Rhiannon Meyers / The Daily News & Allison Triarsi / 11 News

LEAGUE CITY, Texas - The mother of man killed in a hit-and-run Sunday said someone left a handwritten note of apology beside her son's body.

Written apology found beside body of hit-and-run victim
March 31, 2009

"They said that they were sorry and that they had a family," said Roberta Jones. "But he had one. you know and he was my family."

Two days after Maurice Jones was found dead in a ditch along Dickinson Avenue, police were still searching for the person responsible.

They won't release many details about the note, but it contained information that leads them to believe the suspect might be a woman under age 40 with a newborn baby.

"It's a pure speculation that it was a female, but the handwriting appears to be of a female origin," said Scott Saldridge with the League City Police Department.

Jones, 34, was hit by a vehicle as he walked home from his night shift at a fast-food restaurant.

"It's just so much," his mother, Roberta Jones, said. "Maurice was pretty much everything."

Police have limited information about what happened to Jones after he got off work at the McDonalds restaurant at FM 518 and state Highway 3 at 10 p.m. Saturday.

They know Jones started walking home along Dickinson Avenue, a narrow road that runs alongside a busy railroad, said Sgt. David Hausam of the League City Police Department. They know he chose to walk alongside the east side of road so he would be facing oncoming traffic, Hausam said.

"He did everything right," the officer said.

Around the 1100 block of Dickinson Avenue, a vehicle headed south veered left, crossed the road, struck Jones then plowed through the ditch and came to a rest about 40 feet off the road, said Hausam, discussing the evidence collected from tire tracks.

Jones was less than a mile and a half from home. A League City police officer found Jones' body in the ditch about 7 a.m. Sunday.

Jones died from blunt force trauma, said John Florence, spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner.

"I pray that the person who did this, you know, would more than just say 'I'm sorry,'" said Roberta Jones.

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Maurice Jones was found dead in a ditch along Dickinson Avenue.

Officers had no details on the suspect or the vehicle.

Since Sunday, hundreds of people have stopped by Roberta Jones' home on Oregon Road to offer condolences for her son, who was best known for his contagious smile, she said.

Jones, a native of League City and a 1993 graduate of Clear Creek High School, moved home with his mother two weeks before his death, she said.

After high school, Jones worked for an electrical company and for various carpenters, but he had recently fallen on hard times, his mother said. He was let go from his carpentry job, and his sky blue pickup was out of commission, she said.

He was walking to and from his job at McDonalds, where he'd been working for a week, until he could get his truck fixed, she said. He spent nights after work on a sheet-covered couch, watching movies on his mother's television until he drifted to sleep, his mother said.

"He was trying to get his life back together," she said.

When he didn't come home Saturday night, Roberta Jones said she thought her son had been too tired to walk home after work and decided to spend the night with one of his many friends.

"If he would've called me, I would have come got him," she said.

His family is heartbroken by the loss of the man they say was the glue that held family together, said Earlene Green, his aunt. Quick with a piece of scripture, Jones was always the mediator in disputes, she said. Always the family handyman, Jones had most recently been helping his mother care for his aging grandmother, Green said.

He is survived by his daughter, Jada, 11.

A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at New Beginnings Church, 1950 state Highway 3 in League City.

This story is available through KHOU, Ch. 11's partnership with The Galveston County Daily News.

 


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by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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sweetie00
by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Unless you're drunk or on drugs, why do ppl run? I think that probably is  the reason in majority of cases....But if not, an accident is an accident. They are just digging themselves deeper.....Sad thing all the way around.

forsythia_18
by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 12:55 PM

It's like shoplifting from a store and then expecting that just saying sorry will be sufficient reprieve.  There are CONSEQUENCES for mistakes/crime.  If this women didn't do anything wrong and it was truly an accident then why wouldn't she stay?  She was probably spaced out--something that should be punished if you're driving.

Katie911
by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 12:55 PM

There is no excuse to run.  It it's an accident you have no reason to run.  If your drunk or high you should be arrested.  Running is stupid.

dragonfliesgirl
by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

If the person wasn't talking or texting on the cell phone and safely driving then it was just an accident. It may have been too dark to see him and she/he could have lost control of the car somehow. But I agree don't run that just makes it worse. I pray the person turns themself in to help the family with closure on what happened. It is just stupid to run and leave what if her was alive and saw what happened. The person knew he was dead to leave a note. That is so sad I hope they find the person responsible it doesn't matter if they had a family or not they took a life. Accident or no accident. The deceased obviously had a family also he just didn't appear one day out of the sky onto earth. He was born and raised by a loving parent and family. It is just so sad.

Christina        

aajsluckymommy
by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 1:49 PM

So sad. 

WImom2
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Interesting. I think this story poses a question. This woman they believe may also be a new mother. She wrote a not to apologize, yet I am sure will not turn herself in. How many other moms would do the same? I would have called the police immediately, but obviously not everyone thinks the same. What a sad story, that poor guy did not deserve to die.

Junebug926
by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Obviously this person had something to hide. How sad for this family. :(

ShadowRaven
by Bronze Member on Apr. 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I actually had a friend in high school that hit and killed another student from our school. An oncoming driver crossed onto her side of the road and she swerved to avoid being hit and ended up hitting him. She was only going 35-40mph, but he was pinned between the car and a building and suffered severe internal trauma. It was absolutely horrible. She called the police right away, stayed with him until they got there and even went to the hospital until they finally pronounced him dead. Even though it wasn't her fault, and she wasn't charged with a crime, she still had to suffer abuse and condemnation from everyone in that and the surrounding towns. It actually wasn't the family of the victim doing this either. The family was grateful that she called the police and did everything she could to get him the help he needed. It was everyone else in town that blamed her for his early demise. She eventually wound up dropping out of school, her family had to move to another county, and her mother quit her job to homeschool her so that she could still get her diploma. 

An accident is an accident. It's the running part that's a crime.

Quoting WImom2:

Interesting. I think this story poses a question. This woman they believe may also be a new mother. She wrote a not to apologize, yet I am sure will not turn herself in. How many other moms would do the same? I would have called the police immediately, but obviously not everyone thinks the same. What a sad story, that poor guy did not deserve to die.


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ellyc19111
by Bronze Member on Apr. 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Am I missing something here? What does being a new mother have to do with being a part of a hit & run? ' Oh, well, my breast milk just came in so let me drive like a maniac and run anybody who gets in my way over, but I'll take just a minute to jot down 'sorry' on a note'! Yeah, now you're vindicated! I'm not trying to make light of a tradgedy either.

honeysuckle171
by on Apr. 2, 2009 at 2:57 PM
I hope they find this person and give them either life or the electric chair for killing a person, fleeing the scene, not caring to see that this person is alright,not turning them selves in.....etc.....
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