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8-year-old dies in hit-and-run; investigators looking for driver

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Investigators are still searching for the driver who hit and killed an 8-year-old boy on Highway 183 near ABIA Saturday night.

Just before 11 Saturday night, DPS troopers responded to a crash that stemmed from another one on highway 183 near Burleson Road.

Yahir Vidal, 8, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"During the first crash, some of the people had stepped out of the vehicles," Lt. Ruben Garcia said.

Lt. Garcia says that's when a pickup truck traveling at an unsafe speed slammed into one of the vehicles, hitting Vidal and his grandfather, then took off.

"A white Chevrolet crew cab pickup, that is the only description we have of the vehicle," Garcia said.

But due to the crash, the truck may have damage.

"It hit another vehicle and also struck two people so there is going to be damage," Garcia said.

On a cold day like this when it's drizzling, that can make the ground slick, but on Saturday when temperatures were below freezing, that drizzle turned to ice.

"The roads were icy, the temperatures were below freezing and the initial crash and the subsequent crash, were both...the weather conditions were a factor in both crashes," Garcia said.

As they continue to investigate this fatal accident, troopers are reminding drivers to take extra precautions when traveling on roadways in icy conditions.

"If you do have to drive, you've got to understand because the speed limit is 60 let's say for example, doesn't mean you have to go 60, you've got to drive at a speed that is safe and reasonable for the road and weather conditions," Garcia said.

Vidal's grandfather, Juan Alonso, is still in the hospital in fair condition.

 Anyone with information about this hit-and-run is asked to call DPS at (512) 997-4100.

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