Reward offered for information about hit-and-run


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 7:52 AM

HAYS COUNTY, Texas -- A 45-year-old mechanical engineer is back home recuperating. It's been two months since a pickup driver turned in front of him, causing a crash and leaving the scene.

Bart Brown told KVUE News from his Hays County home Thursday that his problems are far from over. He’s already had six surgeries and has a knee replacement to go.

“My bills are probably going to be around half a million dollars,” Brown told KVUE.

It happened June 15 during the Republic of Texas Bike Rally. Brown had just left the R.O.T. Rally parade in downtown Austin and was getting close to his home near 290 West.

“I noticed a Truck or vehicle at the time was moving slowly and I thought -- well maybe they're turning left because they got in the left hand turn lane,” said Brown.

“There was nothing I could do so I laid the bike down, closed my eyes and hoped for the best. I just can't understand how anybody could put somebody through this, or even to be in that accident, and just take off and leave somebody in that situation,” Brown added.

Brown and his family are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the red truck and its driver who caused the crash and took off.

“It's a Dodge Truck from 2007 to 2009 and we possibly think that it says SXT on the side of the truck,” said Jay Brown, Bart’s brother.

A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety says the investigation remains open and any leads or information are welcome. Call DPS at (512) 997-4130. You can also call (512) 844-0161. If you have information and it leads to an arrest there is a $1,000 reward.