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3/28/05-Tyler

Soldier Critically Injured After Returning Home

An East Texas soldier home safe from Iraq, but now, critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Tyler.

We first introduced you to Matthew Roberts, 22, in 2003. This past Friday, March 25th, the former Air Force load master was riding his motorcycle, when he was hit by an SUV running a stop sign.

The wreck happened in North Tyler on Gentry Parkway at Grand Avenue. Witnesses say the SUV's driver fled the scene before they were able to get a license plate number.

Matthew's mother says it was so unexpected that her son would be hurt after escaping danger in the war.

"We were just so panicked and worried the whole time he was there," Patti said. "And then once he came home, we kind of breathed a sigh of relief, everything's good, he's safe now. And then, now he's in Trauma ICU. It's just a very scary situation."

Patti and Tyler police are asking for your help in finding the driver who fled the scene of the accident. Witnesses say it was a black SUV with damage to the passenger side.

Julie Tam, reporting. jtam@kltv.com

 

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