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Family offers $10,000 reward seeking driver in fatal hit & run


It has been almost four months since an East Texas motorcyclist was struck and killed in a hit and run crash.

Now, the son of that man is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person who killed his father.

Jacky Wayne Johnson, called "ZZ" by his friends, was killed on April 1, when he was hit by a truck while turning into his driveway on Highway 64 East near New Chapel Hill.

Johnston was thrown from his bike, but authorities say the driver of the truck just kept going.

Not a day goes by that Jacky Johnston's family doesn't wonder where the person who killed their loved one is hiding.

"I'm frustrated that somebody hasn't come forward and taken responsibility for what they've done," says Jacky's son, Kody Johnston.

Kody is now offering $10,000 of his own savings to the person with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever took his father's life.

"Whoever was driving the pickup truck actually struck the motorcyclist and dragged him down the road a way before stopping and disengaging the motorcycle from the front end of the pickup truck," says DPS trooper Jean Dark.

DPS says they've located the truck they believe was involved in the crash, but they have yet to find the driver, or the man that truck is registered to. Right now, officials can't say for sure who was behind the wheel.

"[Investigators] are now wishing to speak with the owner of that pickup. The last known information about the whereabouts of the owner of the pickup is that he traveled to Mexico," Dark says.

DPS says the pickup is registered to a man named Eduardo Viramontes. A records search shows Viramontes was arrested for DWI more than 10 years ago in Henderson County.

Kody keeps his eyes peeled for Viramontes every day.

"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 says.

Family and friends started up a Facebook page in Johnston's memory. They're hoping more people will bring in more information, but for now, they continue to wait.

DPS says Viramontes has not officially be named a suspect because they do not know if he was driving the truck. However, he is wanted for questioning.

Kody asks anyone with information to contact investigators with the Department of Public Safety.

He says once that information is proven legitimate and the person responsible is located, then the $10,000 reward will be paid in full.

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