AUSTIN (KXAN) — Friends and family came together Wednesday morning to put up a cross honoring Sgt. Derek Roy Pagan, 29, who was the victim of a hit-and-run in April. A cross with his name, birth date, and the U.S. Army logo was placed on the side U.S. Highway 183 near Bolm Road, where Pagan was hit and killed.
Soldiers from Fort Hood came to pay their respects for Sgt. Pagan, who many considered a friend.
“He was just such an amazing man. A humble, free spirited person,” said Specialist Sally Dang. “I can’t believe something like this would happen to him.”
Pagan, who’s from Kunkletown, Penn., entered the military in April 2011 as a radio and communications security repairer. He was assigned to the 589th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood in October 2013.
Pagan’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Air Assault Badge.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8164.