The family of Justin Woodall is still looking answers. Woodall lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on his property located in the 500 block of Ovilla Road on July 15, 2014.
To help aid the Waxahachie Police Department in its investigation, the family has offered a $2,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest.
“We have opened up a benefit account for him to raise money,” Woodall’s mother Teresa O’Daniel said. “It is around $2,000 for someone to come over with any type of information that will help lead us to the people who where on the property that night that caused the accident. They might not have meant to kill him, but they were the ones that caused it though.”
At 8:26 p.m. on July 15 Waxahachie Police got a 9-1-1-call that a major accident had occurred in the 500 block of Ovilla Road. The accident took place on private property.
“The callers saw what looked like two vehicles driving at a high rate of speed parallel to each other towards Ovilla Road,” Detective Elizabeth Wilbanks said in a previous article. “They saw the vehicle flip. The one truck that flipped belonged to Justin. As that vehicle was flipping, (the caller) saw another vehicle leaving the scene.”
The witnesses described the vehicle leaving the scene as a greenish or brownish colored 1990s model SUV — a Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, Wilbanks said.
The vehicle also appeared to have two occupants inside the vehicle and left the property traveling northbound on Ovilla Road, she said. The Waxahachie Police Department has reviewed the video footage from the Exxon gas station located on Ovilla Road, but could not get any details from the footage as the cameras are not close enough to the roadway, Wilbanks said.
At the time of the accident, the SUV was traveling on a gravel road on the property. Woodall’s vehicle, a Toyota Tacoma, was traveling on the grass at the time of the accident. Police are unsure how Woodall lost control of his vehicle, Wilbanks said.
“It is still an open investigation. We haven't got any other leads to know who was on the property. That is kind of where we are,” Wilbanks said. “There are a couple things that we have looked at, but none of them have panned out to any legitimate leads. “
O’Daniel wants to encourage the public to do the right thing and contact law enforcement if they have any information to add to the case.
“Please come forward. He was our only child. They took a lot away from us when they decided to come there, trespass and break the law. Because of their decisions it cost us our son’s life. We want justice,” O’Daniel said. “We believe that he (Woodall) knew of them because of the way he went after them. He never went after people in his vehicle. If he saw people on the property he would go up and tell them they are on private property and tell them to leave. There was never a problem. So there was something with these people that he went after.”
O’Daniel describes her son as a quiet person.
“He was very quiet and kept to himself. He was a prankster, loved to play pranks and was always laughing,” O’Daniel said. “He had that certain laugh that everyone would talk about. Someone would always say something about his laugh. That is what I am going to miss a lot is his laugh — never hearing it again.”
Woodall’s friend Jason Randall said Woodwall was a private person and became his friend after meeting him while they were in the sixth grade in a computer class.
“He was a good guy. He kept to himself and didn’t really bother anybody. This is the first year that we didn’t hunt together. I miss him in the duck blind,” Randall said. “I want to know what happened, what caused this. It is not normal for Justin to be chasing someone down like that. Something else happened that night to make Justin pretty angry. I want to know what it was. I am going to miss him in the boat and the duck blind this year.”
Randall said Justin had asked people to leave the property in the past but for him to take off after somebody was out of the ordinary. Randall added that Woodall’s family is still taking it hard but they are doing better.
Randall wants to encourage the public who might know information about the offense to contact law enforcement to give his family and friends closure.
Anyone with information can contact Wilbanks at the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4442 or stop by police department at 216 N. College St.
Information can also be provided through Crime Stoppers of Ellis County, which can be contacted at 972-937-PAYS (7297). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 dollars for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of a crime.
The tip line is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week by volunteers, and a translator will be available if needed. It is also possible to send tips in via your computer at www.tipsoft.com.
A Facebook page has been for created for Crime Stoppers of Ellis County and can be found by searching the name on Facebook. All tips provided to the organization are anonymous and confidential.