Philip Wood

Joseph Cantu, 34, has been charged with failure to stop and render aid in the hit-and-run death of former UT track and field athlete Philip Wood, according to the Austin-American Statesman

Cantu turned himself in on March 10, about a week after the early morning crash on MoPac that left the 22-year-old Wood dead at the scene. Wood was a long distance runner for the Longhorns from 2009 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2012.

The collision occurred at the 2500 block of MoPac Boulevard at 2:15 A.M. on March 2.  After receiving several calls from pedestrians, emergency responders performed CPR on Wood, but he was pronounced dead at 2:29 A.M.

Police said Wood was walking west across northbound lanes of the highway when he was struck by a car travelling on the inside lane.

Cantu’s bail has been set for $25,000 for the second-degree felony, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, according to the Statesman. However, Cantu was not in custody Tuesday. 

A court setting in the case is scheduled for May 29.

Philip Wood, a 22-year-old former distance runner on the Texas track and field team, was killed early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run crash.

Originally from Yardley, Penn., Wood served as a member of the Longhorns’ track and field team from 2009 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2012. Wood competed in several meets over his tenure, running predominantly the 5,000 meter and the mile.

A car struck Woods around 2:17 a.m. Sunday while crossing MoPac. The vehicle was not at the scene when police arrived soon after.

Wood came to Texas as a strong distance recruit. He was an AAU National Cross Country Champion at his Pennsylvania high school and placed third at the AAU Junior Olympics. After redshirting for a year, Wood competed in indoor and outdoor track and field, along with cross country, in the 2010-2011 season.