WICHITA FALLS-- A Wichita Falls teen is dead after a car hit him on a neighborhood street and then took off. It happened in the 1400 block of North 9th St. just after 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Neighbors say they heard screaming and came out to see 15-year-old Marcus Walters laying in the middle of the street.
He was taken to the hospital, where police say he died a short time later. Police are calling it a hit and run accident, but an eye witness says it didn't seem intentional.
Neighbors say it seemed like Marcus knew the people in the car because they were his ride home. They say he was running toward their car to get inside when he tripped and fell. Witnesses say the car never hit the brakes.
"I haven't even been to go to sleep because I've been so shaky," said eyewitness and friend Betty Aguilar.
Betty said Marcus got a ride to the neighborhood so he could hang out with them. But when he took too long inside the house, that's when Betty says his ride left him -- so he ran outside to flag them down. "And they were coming back and they were coming back really quick, and he tried to stop them and I guess he tripped and got in front of the car," she said.
She says the car kept going, and she ran inside to call the police. But other witnesses told her that the car stopped at a nearby intersection for a couple minutes, before speeding off out of the neighborhood. "But they should have stopped if they did know," she said.
"He was a good person, I don't even know why that happened to him... He was just a really good friend. You could tell him things and he would really talk to you, and pay attention to you," she said.