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Family calling for side walks, speed bumps after man killed in hit-and-run

Petition started after Copperas Cove hit-and-run leaves 32-year-old man dead
Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 19:11:08-05

COPPERAS COVE, TX — William Ames' loved ones are calling for change after he was killed in a hit-and-run on Monday.

Ames will be remembered through song, and remain in the hearts of those who love him.

"He did spiritual rap music. He was a good role model to many and an uncle, a son, a father," said his best friend and roommate Joshua Weir.

On Monday, Joshua Weir and his "soul brother" decided to try something new, Weir said.

"Woke up in the morning, we had our coffee and he said, "Let's do something different for a change. Let's go for a longer walk around this route,"" said Weir.

The walk cost Ames his life. He was hit by a car in the 600 block of Urbantke Lane.

"Heard a big old thump and I looked up, my brother's flying in the air," said Weir. "We walked right here and then we turned on Urbantke. About maybe 6 to 8 feet down the street is where he got hit. He got flung at least 60 to 70 feet."

The driver, identified as Lance Tyler Anderson, was arrested.

Weir says now he and his family are calling for change.

"Started a petition to let everybody know we want things to change," said Weir. "Side walks, speed bumps, at least two more stop signs."

The family will hold a celebration of life in Will's memory at Cove RV Park on Saturday followed by a candlelight service at Urbantke and South 7th Street at 3 p.m.

They will have a petition for people to sign on Saturday and plan to present the petition to city council on Tuesday.