A Parker County grand jury Thursday indicted a Weatherford man on a felony charge of evidence tampering in connection with a fatal hit-and-run last year.
Jacob Grant Richard Edwards, 22, believed to have been a passenger at the time of the hit-and-run, is accused of cleaning, then crashing the involved pickup truck into a tree after the fatal collision.
Marla Zane Carroll, 58, was struck around 10 p.m. Aug. 11 while walking into Wal-Mart in Hudson Oaks, where she worked. She later died in a Fort Worth hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver, Morgan Rae Lopatesky, 17, Wednesday pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident causing death or seriously bodily injury and received a 10-year prison sentence, which is expected to be reduced to 10 years probation later this year.
Lopatesky told police that she and Edwards traded seats in Edwards’ vehicle following the hit-and-run and he brought her to his house, police reported.
Lopatesky and her mother returned to the scene shortly before midnight and identified Lopatesky as the driver, according to police.
After the incident, Edwards called Weatherford police and reported his truck stolen.
Weatherford police located the suspect vehicle wrecked and abandoned in the 3700 block of East Bankhead Highway, not far from Edwards’ residence on a street off East Bankhead Highway.
Edwards was transported to the Hudson Oaks police station for questioning that night but was unable to provide investigators with useful information because he was obviously intoxicated and said he was too drunk to give a statement, according to police.
A man and woman reported to be in the vehicle behind the truck at the time of the hit-and-run told an investigator that Edwards requested the help of the man in getting rid of evidence, according to police. Edwards later asked the man to pick him up, saying he’d wrecked his truck, the man told police, denying he helped Edwards with either request.
While processing the vehicle for evidence, investigators found that the grill cover appeared to have been washed, according to the probable cause affidavit.