David Phillips Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash on University Drive in Denton; Tony Gray Arrested

David Phillips Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash on University Drive in Denton; Tony Gray Arrested

David Phillips ID’d as Man Killed in Denton Pedestrian Accident on University Drive near Texas Woman’s University

Denton, Texas (December 1, 2022) – The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has identified the man who died in a hit-and-run crash on Thanksgiving Day in Denton as David Lee Phillips, 62.

The deadly crash happened at about 9:00 p.m. Thursday, November 24 in an area near University Drive and Bell Avenue, just north of Texas Woman’s University.

Phillips was hit by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene.

Phillips was taken to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect,  Tony Gray, 28, of Denton, was later found by officers trying to remove the license plate of a 2007 Elantra. Gray had also tried to set up a meeting later the same day to destroy the car. He was arrested and taken to the City of Denton Jail. He is facing charges, including those related to evidence tampering and accident involving personal injury or death. His bail is $60,000.

The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Denton Police Department at 940-349-7941. People can also submit tips anonymously to Denton County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-388-8477.

Common Causes of Automobile Accidents

There are many different reasons why automobile, 18-wheeler, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents occur, including driver negligence, driver inattention, texting and driving, speeding, fatigue, failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign, or private drive, running a red light, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. While the factors listed above are the main causes of most accidents, there may also be other factors involved, which is why it’s important that an investigation be conducted before evidence disappears, especially in cases involving a fatality.  At Joel A. Gordon & Associates, we will act quickly to secure accident scene photos, interview witnesses, obtain police records, and secure other valuable evidence needed to win your case.  Call now for a free consultation.

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1. In some cases it may be very important to immediately begin securing evidence, including but not limited to photos of skid marks, photos of property damage, witness statements, the actual vehicle or other property involved in the incident, and other critical evidence before its disappears.
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3. Under Texas law, wrongful death actions can be brought by a spouse (husband or wife), child (son or daughter), or parent (mother or father). A claim can also be brought on behalf of the deceased estate. the statute of limitations in Texas for wrongful death is two years from the date of the incident.