Family, friends remember Kyle teen killed in hit-and-run

Family and friends of Michael Mince gather for a balloon release on Dec. 30, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)
Family and friends of Michael Mince gather for a balloon release in Kyle on Dec. 30, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — As family and friends of a Kyle teenager prepare for a balloon release to remember him, authorities are continuing their search for the driver who hit and killed him the day after Christmas.

Michael Mince, 15, was walking with two friends on Farm to Market 2001, just west of State Highway 21, when he was hit from behind by a pick-up truck. The Texas Department of Public Safety says they believe the suspect vehicle is a red Dodge Ram 3500 dually pick-up that appears to be a work truck.

DPS says the vehicle could have minor damage to the right side and may be missing a side mirror. They also believe there is a welder in the bed of the truck.

Mince was a sophomore at Lehman High School. One of Mince’s best friends, Madison West, organized the balloon release at the Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle on Friday.

Friends and family alike shared laughter, but also tears. Some shared stories of Mince standing up for them when bullies were around. Others shared stories of Mince teaching them to ride a bike.

“He was the type of person that would put everybody before himself and make sure were ok before he was ok and man, he was just such a blessing to me, he was like my brother, my best friend, my other half,” West said.

Family also spoke, overwhelmed but not surprised at the gathering. Mince’s mother, Karin Mince, told his friends, he loved and cared about them always.

“I know that he touched everybody in a different way, and we may not have always looked eye to eye, but if one thing Michael was, was somebody that was happy and he was always there to help,” Karin said.

If you have any information that could help solve this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 512 472-TIPS (8477) or text “tip103 + your message” to CRIMES (274367). Your call/text/tip is anonymous and could earn you a cash reward.