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Questions Linger Over Hit-&-Run Tragedy

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A North Texas family is grieving the loss of their son, and waiting for answers. Jason Jones was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver back in April. And as more time passes without an arrest in the case, it is only harder for the 26-year-old’s parents to move on with their lives.

Nearly two months after his death, Jason is still deeply missed. “There’s so much pain inside of me,” said mother Penny Jones. “It takes my breath away sometimes.”

It is hard to let go, the family said, without knowning what actually happened. “Really been so difficult for us to move on, knowing that somebody did this,” added Penny.

It was April 9 at about 11:00 p.m. when Jason was changing a tire on his white Jeep Grand Cherokee, along the Luna Road entrance ramp to the George Bush Turnpike. Debris on the road showed that he left his car with the spare tire still the ground. Jason walked several yards down the ramp. That is where, according to investigators, a driver hit him, throwing him back toward the Jeep.

An employee with the North Texas Tollway Authority found Jason’s body at 3:18 a.m. the next morning. State troopers said that Jones did not have his emergency lights on, and that it was a dark and foggy night. A curve in the ramp would have made it difficult to see a person walking on the side of the road.

But the driver who struck Jason took off without stopping to render aid, which is a felony.

“He had his full life ahead of him,” said father Jamie Jones. “He just — tragically cut short the way it was — we’re just devastated.”

The Jones family is hoping that someone can help them understand who killed their son, and why he was left to die. “Please, please, let us know,” said Penny.

Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in this case.

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