Mexico Man Admits to Hit and Run

8 years 11 months 4 days ago Monday, July 12 2010 Jul 12, 2010 Monday, July 12, 2010 8:32:55 AM CDT July 12, 2010 in News

Jim Clampitt, 38, is a lawyer at Mexico law firm Brett, Erdel, Clampitt, and Owings. He coaches a little league baseball team. But yesterday he admitted to a Mexico radio station to being the driver of the SUV that hit Richard Cobb last month.

Clampitt told KXEO-AM that he didn't even realize that he hit Cobb until the next day when Mexico police approached him. Clampitt said he looked down to read a text message when he hit something he thought was a curb, so he continued driving. Clampitt was not available for an interview today.

Meanwhile, Cobb's family is upset with Clampitt's interview.

"For somebody to sit here and drive and hit somebody and not stop and just keep going -- is heartless," said Marci Cobb, Richard's wife.

Last month, Cobb's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Clampitt. Their attorney says they're seeking damages for Clampitt leaving the scene and driving while intoxicated.

Police have not said if Clampitt is under investigation for drunk driving.

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