Police arrest man after hit and run in Alabaster

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The vehicular death of an Alabaster man has resulted in an arrest.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Richard Louis Thomas, 56, of Alabaster was walking north on County Highway 11 when he was struck by a white truck, said Lt. Fred Ott of the Alabaster Police Department.

Ott said witnesses didn’t see the incident, but they saw the truck stop, back up and leave the scene.

When they went to investigate where the truck had been, Ott said, they discovered Thomas lying in a ditch.

Ott said police and fire personnel were called to the scene where Thomas was pronounced dead. He said the incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. that Sunday night and that Thomas was within a half mile of his home.

According to Ott, when Thomas was struck, parts of the vehicle which hit him were left behind.

And from those parts, Ott said, the make and model and approximate year of the vehicle were identified.

Ott said the vehicle was later spotted at a convenience store, and Robert Cooper, 41, was arrested. Ott said Cooper was inbetween residences at the time.

Ott said Cooper was picked up Tuesday, Oct. 5 and charged Wednesday, Oct. 6

with failure to render aid, a felony. He said technically &uot;information required rendered assistance.&uot;

Ott said Cooper was transported to the Shelby County Jail, and bond was set at $10,000.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Cooper made bond and was released