Police seek driver in deadly Dallas hit-and-run

Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who killed a college student in northeast Dallas early Easter morning. At the same time, state and local officials are stepping up efforts to improve pedestrian safety where it happened.

Paul Miltenberger was trying to cross to the north side of Mockingbird Lane at McMillan Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He was not in a designated crosswalk and was hit by a car that didn't stop.

The 21-year-old graduated from Southlake Carroll High School and was in his sophomore year at the University of Missouri where he was studying marketing.

On social media there were many tributes to Miltenberger from friends and classmates in both Missouri and Southlake.

The section of Mockingbird Lane where he died is not too far from Central Expressway and is home to a number of businesses, apartment complexes and a DART station.
There's a lot of foot traffic there and more coming, and pedestrian safety was a burning issue in the area even before Sunday morning's fatal accident.     

Just 10 days ago, community leaders met with TxDOT and a local State Representative about the urgency of getting the Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge built, which will extend the Katy Trail for hikers and bikers into the neighborhood.

"They're building apartments, they're building a tennis center," said Barry Annino, who represents the public improvement district called University Crossing. "We're going to have a lot of bikers and walkers around here."

Later this month, another meeting is planned.

"I pass by here every day," said Cordaro Lilly, who works at SMU. "It's a little dangerous. Probably should be more stoplights."

FOX 4 watched numerous people sprinting across Mockingbird on a stretch of roadway.

City Councilman Phillip Kingston is another person frustrated by delays in getting the footbridge built – it's been in the planning stages for more than five years.

"It's already lined up to have more pedestrian traffic than your average intersection, yet it's a very high speed thoroughfare," said Kingston. "People go very fast. It's a 35-mile-an-hour speed limit, but people go 50 all the time."

But Kingston thinks the Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge is only part of the answer.

"I think in addition to that, we need to look at crosswalk safety and giving pedestrians the ability to get around that neighborhood without fear of being struck by cars," he said.  

Investigators do have some information from witnesses. The suspect's car is described as a black Dodge Challenger.

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