Trial starts in fatal hit-and-run
Blythe Baggett, 19, was using his skateboard for transportation because his truck was broken down.
On the night of April 13, 2017 he was walking/skateboarding home after visiting the skateboard park in Gran-bury.
But he never made it home. He was on the old Acton Highway when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said.
Baggett was hit about 10 p.m., authorities said. A passing motorist saw debris in the roadway and found Baggett’s body.
The suspected hit-and-run driver, Clinton Dwayne Sandel, 35, of Arlington, came forward the next day to claim responsibility. He was charged with failing to stop and render aid with serious bodily injury or death, a second-degree felony.
Sandel’s trial started yesterday in Hood County District Court. He could get up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
Baggett’s mother, Trayce Sciba, told the Hood County News in 2017 after Sandel came forward: “I guess, in a sense, I want to thank them for stepping up and taking responsibility. I know as devastated as we are, that was hard to do. I don’t have to wonder and wait an eternity to find out any answers.”
Baggett, a 2015 Granbury High School graduate, learned the tree service business by working with his father, Brian Baggett.
“He aspired to start his own tree business,” his mother said.
She said her son was stubborn but had a big heart.
“He loved his friends like family and was always there for a friend in need,” she said.
Sciba said her son would try to save injured birds or baby squirrels he found while working.
“If they didn’t make it, it would break his heart,” she said.
Sciba said she’s glad the trial “is finally here. It’s bittersweet because everyone has had so long to ‘deal’ with the loss of my son, and now it will be like it happened all over again in a way once we get all of the details of the case.
“We are just hopeful that there is appropriate justice for Blythe.”
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