Husband of Bellmead hit and run victim looking for answers

Posted: 3:32 PM, Jul 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-13 00:22:47Z

The husband of a hit and run victim wants to know who was driving the car that hit and killed his wife.

"I don't care what your license status is. How much you had to drink. You have to stop," Leon McElyea, the victim's husband, said.

Bellmead Police say on Monday, July 3, 36-year-old Jana McElyea was hit by an unidentified vehicle near the corner of New Dallas Highway and Montrose Street Monday night.

"The night it happened I came out here until the storm came just staring at the ground hoping I would see something that police missed or something," Leon McElyea said.

A memorial with flowers, a hat, and artwork sits near the accident scene. McElyea is not sure who put it there.

"Now I come here about 4, 5, 6 times a day," McElyea said.

Leon McElyea said the two had been staying at a hotel nearby and Jana left to go to the store that was down the street. He said he fell asleep and when he woke up, he tried calling her.

"I started calling her phone and she wasn't answering. My friends called me over on Montrose and they told me about a hit and run and I ran out and seen all the cop cars. It was rough. I saw her shoe," McElyea said. 

McElyea said he and Jana had been together for eight years.

"She was my once in a lifetime and I don't know what I'm going to do now without her," McElyea said. "Heaven definitely gained an angel that day."

A friend of McElyea's set up a GoFundMe page to help with the expenses, but McElyea said he wants to use that money as a reward for information.

"I got approved through the cremation through the county. That's paid for. And I believe the organization I can't remember the name of it right now may be paying for the memorial. So now I want to put whatever gets donated, whatever that fund gets up to whatever it gets to, as a reward to try to persuade whoever it is. If anyone knows anything, let's find them," McElyea said. "Greed is powerful. They took something from me and I think they should pay for it."

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