A suspected hit and run driver from Arlington was arrested at DFW airport last night as he attempted to board a plane to Jordan.
Omar Bashir Mohammed, 25, is believed to be the negligent motorist who struck and severely injured Terry Pinkston, 73, who was walking on a sidewalk at the time of the wreck. The accident occurred in the 2400 block of Ascension Boulevard in Arlington at approximately 7:30 am on Saturday morning.
Pinkston suffered traumatic head injuries, vertebrae injuries, broken ribs, and a punctured leg as a result of the auto-pedestrian collision.
Mohammed fled the crash scene but was foiled when subsequently attempting to flee the country. An anonymous tip led law enforcement officials to the vehicle involved in the incident, followed Mohammed’s arrest by Fort Worth Airport Police and U.S. Customs agents.
He is currently incarcerated at Arlington Jail and faces a charge of failure to stop and render aid in an accident involving serious bodily injuries.
Pinkston, meanwhile, has been released from Fort Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital.
I would like to congratulate all the law enforcement organizations and individuals involved in identifying and detaining this reckless driver. I hope that the penalties he faces will deter other would-be hit-and-run drivers.
I would also like to wish Mr. Pinkston a full and speedy recovery.