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Hit-and-run fatal of a Burkburnett man remains unsolved

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KFDX/KJTL) - A Burkburnett man was struck and killed by a driver in Carlsbad, New Mexico, one year ago Monday.

On June 11, 2017, Tristan Spiva and a friend were walking back to work when a truck hit Spiva. One year later and the family still has no closure, as there's been no arrest in the case.

"I've had a year of reflection. It was horrible. It's been a horrible year," Shelly Spiva, Tristan's mother, said.

A former detective on the case, Andy Carver, told Texoma's Homepage in a previous interview, they are doing everything they can to make sure justice is served.

"I spoke to the deceased's mother multiple times, and I tried to assure her that this would not be swept underneath the rug and that we would not rest until we've exhausted every lead, opportunity, or possible way to find the suspect in this case," Carver said.
     
Shelly believes that more should be done.

"We need justice for my son it should not be able to take someone else's life and change everyone else's life forever without having to answer for your actions," Shelly said. "There will never be complete justice nothing can bring my son back."

Tristan was an organ donor and has helped many since his passing.

"They were able to harvest his liver and his cornea's so he restored sight to someone and then his big beautiful heart they were able to give to someone so that their life could continue," Shelly said.

Even after his death, Tristan's mom wants everyone to remember the life he lived.

"My son liked the outdoors," Shelly said. "He liked camping and fishing and kayaking. He loved to do the river floats and he was a free spirit."

Tristan was just 20 years old when he died, and Shelly said she will make it her life's work to ensure someday the person responsible is behind bars.


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