David Alvey – Guest Contributor
Jan 2 2014
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North Texas family seeks help to find hit & run driver who crashed into Northwest Tarrant County home then fled.

A North Texas family is starting the New Year repairing damage to their Eagle Mountain Lake home following a hit and run. At 2:32 a.m. Monday, December 30, 2013, a white, four-door SUV (possibly a 2008 – 2013 Jeep Commander) slammed into the front of their house off Roberts Cut Off and Wells Burnett Road near Azle, causing major damage to the home and its contents.

Rick and Mary Whitbeck were out of town at the time so there were no injuries. But surveillance video shows the driver didn’t bother to check if anyone was injured before backing up and fleeing the scene of the accident, heading west on Wells Burnett Road.

“Since it happened at 2:30 in the morning, we figure they were probably either drunk or they fell asleep at the wheel,” said Mary Whitbeck. “Our video shows they blew through the stop sign without even tapping their brakes, then they came crashing into our front door.”

The home has been in the Whitbeck family since the 1960s. Rick and Mary Whitbeck moved in about 10 years ago and have completely remodeled the home. It has been a labor of love.

“We stripped the house down to the studs,” said Rick. “We spent so many hours building that front porch and doing the stone work and mortaring it, and to see it needlessly destroyed is very unsettling. We just want the driver to come forward and do the right thing.”

The Whitbecks are asking for help in identifying the driver. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office at 817-884-1315

Surveillance video is online at: