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DPS: Truck found in wreck that killed ETX motorcyclist

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Friday DPS confirmed they have located the vehicle, but not the driver, that rear-ended an East Texas motorcyclist and left him for dead more than two months ago.

Trooper Jean Dark said the vehicle was a 1999 Black Ford F250. Dark did not release where the vehicle was found. She said the truck is licensed to an East Texas man but they have not confirmed if he was the driver when the wreck happened early on April 2, 2012. No arrests have been made and the investigation is still on-going.

The motorcyclist, was turning left into his own driveway off Highway 64 East, near New Chapel Hill, when the driver of the truck hit him and kept on going.

That motorcyclist was 65-year-old Jacky Johnston. Friends called him "ZZ" because his beard reminded them of ZZ Top. 

A wooden cross now stands at the edge of Jacky Johnston's driveway; it's right between the very place his life was taken and his home.

"Now, when I come to this house, there's no life here. It's really hard to come here because there's so many memories at this house," Kody said standing beside his father's home.

Kody said he has full faith DPS will find the person who killed his dad. But, he says waiting isn't easy.

"I'm frustrated that somebody hasn't come forward and taken responsibility for what they've done," he said.

According to DPS, the driver who hit Johnston kept driving with the motorcycle lodged underneath their truck. Gas station surveillance video taken 1200 feet from the where Johnston was hit shows sparks flying as the truck continues down the highway. DPS says Johnston was thrown from his motorcycle on the initial impact.

"If they would have stopped to render any kind of aid... if they would have done anything to help... this could have all been different. My dad may still be alive today if they would have just stopped," Kody said.

Kody told us coping with the loss of his father is something his family is still working through day by day.

"I've got a three-year-old son and it's hard for me to explain where his papa is," Kody said.

Johnston's sister, Rhonda Allen, lives in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. She wrote to us, "I hurt for Jack everyday and dream of the day that this person or people are brought to justice."

Friends and family started up a Facebook page in Johnston's memory. The original story of his death was shared online more than 1,500 times. But, the person responsible for his death has not been found... at least not yet.

"They will be found. There are far too many people looking for him. They can't hide," Kody said.

"Motorcycle riders... they're not trashy people. These are family people. They work full time jobs. They have kids. They have families. Just like everybody else they're trying to get from one place to another," he said.

DPS said they are still investigating the hit-and-run. Kody said when DPS has a suspect and releases their name, his family plans to offer a reward for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Johnston. 


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