Pampa man killed in Amarillo in hit-and-run

On Jan. 25, 2021 at 11:17 p.m., an Amarillo Police Department officer observed Phillip James Messler, a 43-year-old male of Pampa, laying 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. Phillip Messler was transported to a local hospital where he died.  

Judge Robert Taylor was notified and ordered an autopsy.   

The 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. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Amarillo Police Department Traffic Unit at 378-4250 or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Tips can also be given anonymously online at or on the Amarillo Crimes Stoppers P3 mobile app.

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