BOERNE, Texas -- The widow of a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run Thursday night is begging for help to find the driver responsible. 68-year-old Dr. Larry Becker was riding his bike on the IH-10 access road north of Boerne at about 7 p.m., when investigators say he was hit by a driver who took off and left Becker in the ditch. He died at the scene, about three miles away from his home of 25 years.
"You can't just kill somebody and drive away," his widow Dorothy Becker said. "I prayed for a hedge of protection every time he went riding and I didn't Thursday night. The night of his first accident, I didn't either."
Dr. Becker was hit once before about two years ago. That driver stopped and called 911, but ever since then, he made sure to be extra careful.
"He had his helmet on," Dorothy said, while wiping away tears. "It was daylight. He had a bright bike shirt on. He had a red flashing light on the back of his seat."
Dorothy said investigators believe a truck may have hit him. A devoted father to two sons, Dr. Becker was a retired Army Colonel, a professor at the UT Health Science Center and he opened the first dermatology clinic in Boerne. Dorothy says he was a well-liked and respected doctor, even after he retired from private practice.
Dorothy and her sons now hope someone will come forward and help them find the driver responsible for his death.
"God knows who he is and where he is. If law enforcement doesn't find him, someone will report him. It'll be found out."
DPS troopers say no one witnessed the accident and investigators are looking at nearby business surveillance video for clues. If you know anything about the crime, you're urged to call the Kendall County Sheriff's Office at 830-249-9721.
The family is requesting any donations be made to the Kendall County Crime Stoppers or the First Baptist Church of Boerne.
$25,000 Reward Offered
WHAT: $25,000 cash reward
WHY: For any information leading to arrest and conviction related to the hit-and-run death of Dr. Larry Becker on June 28, 2012 in Boerne, TX.
WHO: Kendall County Crime Stoppers
HOW TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH CRIME STOPPERS: Anyone with information can make an anonymous call to 800-348-5323.
BACKGROUND: Dr. Larry Becker, 68, a retired physician, was out for a training bike ride late Thursday last week on the Interstate 10 access road in Boerne when he was hit and killed by a car whose driver left the scene of the accident.
WHAT ELSE: For further background information about Dr. Becker, contact Kendall County Judge Gaylan Schroeder at 210-269-7070, or Dr. Becker’s son, Doug Becker, at 210-710-8617.