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Lancaster PD seeking vehicle suspected in hit-and-run death

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Police in Lancaster are searching for a vehicle suspected in a hit-and-run that killed a 21-year-old recently.

Around 7:15 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 2900 block of Danieldale Road. There, they found victim Arin Stroops Thomas lying on the side of the road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and officials believe he was struck sometime between 2:30 and 4 a.m. while walking home from the Duncanville McDonald's where he worked.

Thomas' mom, Allyson, says walking several miles home from work on occasion wasn't a hardship for her son.

"He'd listen to his music, and he's like, ‘Yeah, I'll walk today,'" she said.

There were no skid marks indicating that the driver tried to break or correct course –- he or she just kept on going.

Police say surveillance cameras at a nearby Conway trucking facility didn't yield many clues, but they say the suspect vehicle should show signs of impact.

Police are looking for a GM vehicle that may be an SUV or truck. Based on debris left the scene, it may be a 1994-1999 model.

The vehicle will have damage to the mirror on the driver's side, the headlight and hood.

"I have to forgive these people," said Allyson. "I realize it probably was an accident, but they didn't stop to render aid, nor did they call 911, and that's what I have a problem with."

Allyson says her son was trying to improve himself. They had reconciled over Thanksgiving, and Thomas had gotten his job as a cashier, which he enjoyed and took pride in.

"Real friendly guy," said Ericka Buchanan, one of Thomas' coworkers. "We joked around. Always on time. Whatever you asked him, he did it."

It was a trucker who first spotted Thomas' body lying about 10 feet off the road.

The driver said by phone it was a single shoe left in the road that got his attention.

Thomas was still wearing his McDonald's visor, but it was clear he was lifeless.

"I know somebody knows something or saw something," said Allyson. "Just please help us with some closure, because this was a 21-year-old kid."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lancaster Police Department at 972-218-2711.

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