Former UT athlete killed in hit-and-run along MoPac

Philip Wood (University of Texas Photo)
Philip Wood (University of Texas Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man killed in a hit-and-run crash was a former track-and-field athlete, The University of Texas Athletics Department said.

Police say Phillip Wood’s body was found lying in the middle of northbound MoPac near Windsor Road early Sunday morning.

Wood is from Yardley, Penn., and ran for the UT Track and Field team for three years. He was long-distance and cross-country runner. He last competed for the university in the spring 2012.

At around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, police say a driver called 911 after spotting a man walking in a lane heading north on MoPac. They say Wood tried to cross to the other side when he was hit by a truck.

The truck did not stop, and police are looking for the driver.

Officers describe the truck as a dark-colored — possibly blue — small pickup made in the late 90s. They say the truck has some damage to the front, possibly including broken headlights.

Please call police at 512-472-TIPS (8477) if you see the truck or have any information that could help them with their investigation.

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