Car dropped off at auto body shop leads detectives to hit-and-run driver

Joseph Louis Cantu

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who hit and killed a former University of Texas track athlete on North MoPac in early March turned himself in a week after the crash.

According to court documents, Joseph Cantu, 34, admitted to authorities that he was the driver who struck Philip Wood, 23, around 2 a.m. on March 2. Witnesses said Wood was walking across the freeway when he was struck.

Even though Cantu didn’t stop when the crash happened, parts of his vehicle were discovered at the scene.

Detectives were able to track a Chevrolet Malibu vehicle back to him when he dropped it off to be repaired at Austin Body Works. The car pieces left at the scene matched the missing pieces of the Malibu at the auto body shop.

Austin police said Cantu turned himself in on March 10.

Cantu is charged with failure to stop and render aid. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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