UPDATE: Jacksonville man arrested in fatal pedestrian hit-and-run

by Staff reports
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UPDATED at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A Jacksonville man remains in the Cherokee County Jail Wednesday morning, on a $150,000 bond, in connection with Sunday's fatal hit-and-run accident in the 3000 block of North Jackson Street.

According to a release from the Jacksonville Police Department, Josef Anton Lustig turned himself into local police officials about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on March 2.


UPDATED at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021

An arrest warrant has been issued for the driver of a vehicle involved in a Feb. 28 hit-and-run fatality, according to Jacksonville police.

The warrant – signed by 369th District Judge Michael Davis with bond set at $150,000 – charges Josef Anton Lustig, born in 1994, with the second degree felony offense of "accident involving personal injury or death," according to a JPD release

Regelio H. Martinez, 64, of Jacksonville, was pronounced dead at the scene; the fatality occurred in the 3000 block of North Jackson Street in Jacksonville.

According to the release, "detectives received tips early in the investigation that led to the identification of Lustig as the driver of the Dodge Charger."

The vehicle has not been located yet, and law enforcement agents currently are searching for Lustig.

Anyone knowing of his whereabouts, or the location of the damaged vehicle, should contact the Jacksonville Police Department at 903-586-2549 or their local law enforcement agency.


JACKSONVILLE – A local resident died late Sunday night, the victim of a pedestrian hit-and-run accident that occurred on North Jackson Street.

According to a release issued by Jacksonville Police Chief Joe Williams, an officer traveling in the 3000 block of North Jackson was flagged by a motorist at about 10:20 p.m. and told about a pedestrian that had just been struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

The officer located Regelio H. Martinez, 64, of Jacksonville, in the roadway, and the Jacksonville Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. However, Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams said witnesses told officers that the operator of a dark, newer model Dodge Charger traveling south along Jackson Street had stopped briefly after the vehicle had struck Martinez, who had been crossing the highway, but subsequently fled north along Jackson Street.

The vehicle is black or blue in color, and sustained significant damage to the front and will be missing a side mirror, Williams said.
Information regarding the Dodge Charger, or other information pertaining to this incident, should be reported to the Jacksonville Police Department. Cherokee County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest, and indictment, of anyone involved in this incident. Information can be reported anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 903.586.STOP (7867).

The investigation into this traffic accident continues.