A man is in custody for the November 2017 hit-and-run incident on 10th Street that resulted in the death of a pedestrian, the Great Bend Police Department reported Thursday afternoon.
After a lengthy investigation, the driver of the vehicle that left the scene was identified by law enforcement. On Wednesday, an arrest warrant was issued by the Barton County District Court for Rodney Campbell Jr., 58, for failure to stop or remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death.
On Thursday, the Texas Rangers placed Campbell under arrest in rural Anderson County, Texas, for the warrant.
At about 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 29 of last year, the GBPD was dispatched to a vehicle/pedestrian hit-and-run crash in the 4200 block of 10th Street. James Zager, 65, was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing the street.
According to reports at the time of the accident, when officers arrived they found Zager lying in the roadway, unresponsive. He was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital in critical condition by the Great Bend Fire Department ambulance. Zager later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.
Witnesses described a light-colored, possibly white or light blue, full-size pickup with a grill guard and an “oversize load” sign on the front and unknown Oklahoma license plate traveling westbound on 10th Street.
Zager was reported to be crossing 10th Street on foot when he was struck by the light-colored pickup. After the truck struck Zager it continued westbound on 10th Street in Great Bend.
Anderson County is located in east-central Texas between Dallas and Houston.
Zager was a self-employed drywall installer from Garden City, Mo. According to his obituary, he was a United States Air Force veteran and is survived by a brother in Great Bend.
The criminal investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call the Great Bend Police Department, 620-793-4120, or Crime Stoppers, 620-792-1300 or 888-305-1300.