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Jogger hit-and-run suspect commits suicide

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A man suspected of a fatal hit-and-run near Haslet last week took his own life on Wednesday.

The incident happened in the 200 block of McMurry Avenue in Duncanville, where 45-year-old Terry Knight was found hanging.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner on Thursday ruled Knight's death a suicide by hanging.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Knight owned the truck that investigators believed hit and killed 37-year-old Walter Hopkins, who had been jogging on a rural road near Haslet, north of Fort Worth.

The affidavit said the staff at Five Star Ford Collision Center in Fort Worth called police about that truck on the same day Hopkins' body was found. They were apparently suspicious of the owner's story and the way he acted.

He "told the employees that he had hit a dog and needed the truck fixed as soon as possible" and "he did not want to claim the damage on insurance but wanted to pay cash," the affidavit said.

Also, according to the affidavit, "Five Star Ford stated the damage appeared to be that of a human body and not consistent with someone hitting a dog."

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said his department had seized Knight's truck for evidence but he had refused to cooperate with investigators.

Prior to Knight's death, the department had been preparing an arrest warrant for him, the sheriff said.

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