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Mathis police looking for hit-and-run driver who struck, killed bicyclist

Mathis Police Chief Scott Roush tells 3News a man in his 30s was struck by a vehicle and dragged 40 or 50 yards.

MATHIS, Texas — Mathis police were called to investigate a grisly murder scene late Friday afternoon after they say a driver ran over a cyclist, dragging him a long distance before fleeing the area.

It happened in the 500 block of Pecan Street, near the Gonzalo Paiz Park. Police say the call came in around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. According to Mathis Police Chief Scott Roush, when officers arrived at the scene they discovered a 32-year-old man who they say was severely injured. 

Authorities are still trying to hunt down the driver of a small black car that they say purposely ran over a bicyclist and then took off.

"He was riding his bicycle in a grassy area at this intersection. It's in a church area and it appears that a vehicle actually drove off the roadway and intentionally struck this person on the bicycle and drug him probably 40 or 50 yards, killing him."

Roush tells 3News that he believes this was an intentional act and not an accident. Based on the evidence so far at the scene

"We have the Texas Rangers and the San Pat County Sherriff's Office assisting our department with this investigation and that's where we're at now, we're processing the scene," said Roush

Investigators said they do not have any suspect information other than the description of the small black vehicle they are looking for. They believe the car has heavy front end damage.

Chief Roush adds they are in the very early stages of this, but they expect fast progress with this case and they're hoping evidence from the scene and information from residents will help them to quickly solve this. If you have any information that could help be sure to call the Mathis Police Department.

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