VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV/KTRE) - A truck driver involved in an accident Friday afternoon that killed a 16 year Wills Point youth has contacted authorities. Ruben Lann, 67, of Willis Point said he was traveling south on FM 47 when he hit what he thought were two trash bags or dead hogs in the road, according to DPS trooper Brady Lunceford.
Trooper Lunceford said Lann, who works for Tawakoni Plant Farm, continued on his route and carried a load to Oklahoma and did not hear of the teen's death until he returned. Lunceford said Lann immediately contacted authorities who examined his truck.
The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday on Farm-to-Market Road 47, 8 miles north of Wills Point. Originally, it was believed that Casey Eggeling, 16, of Wills Point, was walking southbound on FM 47 when he was hit by an unknown vehicle. Lunceford says it now appears that Eggeling and another 16 year old were sleeping in the road when the accident occurred. The other teenager was not injured.
Eggeling died on the scene. Investigators say Lann will not be charged in the accident. Funeral services for Eggeling are scheduled for 11:00 AM, Monday, January 9, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church in Wills Point.
Burial will follow at Kemp Cemetery in Kemp, TX. Services are under direction of Hiett's LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.
Family visitation will be held from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday evening.
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16-year-old Casey Eggeling is no longer with us...and now there is a hole in the heart of a community.
"It's just always a shock," said Wills Point High School Principal Jim Lamb.
He told us Casey was a "fun loving kid" that was having a great year at school. And, his loss is hard on everyone.
"It's just a tough thing, you know? It's going to be tough on everyone.
Authorities have identified the driver in the hit and run but have not released the name or age.
They say the driver came forward before being questioned and released.
UPDATE 3:50 PM: DPS
A driver has been identified in the crash. The investigation in on going and further information will be forthcoming
UPDATE 2:50 PM : DPS
Canton DPS troopers are seeking information on a hit and run that occurred on 01/06/2012 in the early morning hours. Troopers were notified at approximately 2:40 AM. The crash happened on FM 47 approximately 8 miles north of Wills Point.
Preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian identified as Casey Grant Eggeling, W/M, 16 years of age, from Wills Point was struck and killed as he was walking southbound on the road.
Eggeling was pronounced dead by Pct. 3 JP Herbert Dunn. His body was taken to Lybrand-Hiett Funeral home in Wills Point.At this time, there has not been a vehicle identified in association with this crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton DPS office at 903-567-2011.
A teenager has been killed after a hit and run crash Friday morning in Van Zandt County.
The crash happened around 2:30a.m. Friday on Farm-to-Market Road 47, 8 miles north of Wills Point.
Department of Public Safety Troopers said Casey Eggeling, 16, of Wills Point, was walking southbound on FM 47 when he was hit by an unknown vehicle.
Eggeling died on the scene. Investigators have not made any arrests or have a description on the vehicle.
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