Investigators search for driver of 18-wheeler in hit and run death


FAYETTE COUNTY, TX (KXAN) — A reward is being offered for information on the driver of an 18-wheeler who investigators in Fayette County believe is responsible for a deadly hit and run crash.

While heading home from Giddings to La Grange on the day before his birthday, investigators said Byler Lehmann’s white 2017 Mustang and an 18-wheeler collided in the tiny town of Warda off Highway 77.

It happened around 2 a.m. on April 4. According to DPS, Lehmann’s Mustang struck and drove underneath the 18-wheeler causing severe damage to the top of Lehmann’s car. The car rolled multiple times and came to a stop resting on top of a culvert in front of the Warda post office.

Investigators say no witnesses were at the crash scene and none have been identified or have come forward.

Lehmann suffered major trauma to his head, and was rushed to the hospital. Several weeks later, his family removed him from life support.

“We made the decision that we needed to let him go, that’s what Byler would have wanted,” said his mother Neldra Applegate.

Lehmann’s organs are now being donated, and two people have already received a kidney.

With no witnesses, Fayette County Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information on the driver. People can call Crime Stoppers at 979-968-8477.

Lehmann’s family is offering $5,000.

“Please come forward, you know, Byler didn’t deserve this, and nobody does,” Applegate said.

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