On the 18th of August 2020 at approximately 7:38 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 3100 blk of W. Hwy 80 in reference to a vehicle/pedestrian accident. Upon officer’s arrival, it was discovered that a white male 61 years of age, who had been on a motorized scooter, had been struck by a motor vehicle. It was also found that the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene and had failed to stop and render aid. Big Spring Fire Department/ EMS responded and transported the victim to SMMC and then was later transferred to UMC in Lubbock due to his injuries.
A couple of hours later, officers were dispatched to the Law Enforcement Center where contact was made with Willie Gray b/m 22 years of age, who stated that he was the driver who had struck the pedestrian. Upon further investigation it was determined that probable cause existed and Willie Gray was arrested and charged with Accident Involving Personal Injury or Death which is a Felony of the Third Degree. This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
** UPDATE shown below as of 08/20/2020 @ 9:40 AM **
UPDATE: Man Charged in Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident - Charges Upgraded to Manslaughter
On the 19th of August 2020 at the Big Spring Police Department was notified by Lubbock UMC that the victim of the vehicle/pedestrian accident that had occurred in the 3100 blk of W. Hwy 80 had succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s next of kin was notified and the victim is identified as John Randall Lewis white/male 61 years of age.
The original charge of Accident Involving Personal Injury or Death has been upgraded to Manslaughter which is a Felony of the Second Degree against the driver of the hit and run vehicle, Willie Gray b/m 22 years. This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon