Late Monday night, an Amarillo police officer observed Phillip James Messler, 43 of Pampa, Tx, on the roadway in the 1400 block of Amarillo Boulevard East. Before the officer could contact Messler, he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling east bound on Amarillo Boulevard.
The vehicle left the scene of the accident.
Messler was transported to a local hospital where he died. Judge Robert Taylor was notified and ordered an autopsy.
This incident is being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Department.
The vehicle involved is a dark colored SUV with damage to the front end.