Hit-and-run victim lived for two days while trapped in windshield
By DEANNA BOYD
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
FORT WORTH - When Gregory Glenn Biggs' body was found in October in
Cobb Park, evidence pointed to a hit-and-run.
But in the past two weeks, police have learned that Biggs lived for
two or three days after he was hit, lying on a car hood in a southeast
Fort Worth garage, his body trapped in the windshield.
Despite Biggs' pleas, police said, the driver refused to help and left
him to die. Afterward, the body was dumped in the park.
"I'm going to have to come up with a new word. Indifferent isn't
enough. Cruel isn't enough to say. Heartless? Inhumane? Maybe we've
just redefined inhumanity here," said Richard Alpert, a Tarrant County
assistant district attorney.
What happened to the 37-year-old Biggs, police said, was not a simple
case of a driver's failure to stop to help an injured man. It was
***, they said.
"If he had gotten medical attention, he probably would have survived,"
traffic investigation Sgt. John Fahrenthold said.
Wednesday, police arrested Chante Mallard, a 25-year-old nurse's aide,
basing their case primarily on Mallard's confession about four months
later of what happened on an October night as she drove near the East
Loop 820 split with U.S. 287.
Mike Heiskell, Mallard's attorney, called the woman's arrest on a
*** warrant premature.
"I think this is overreaching on the part of the prosecution and the
police, and in the end, I believe the law will shake out that this was
simply a case of failure to stop and render aid," Heiskell said.
By Mallard's account, as told to police, she had been drinking and
using Ecstasy that October night and was driving home when she struck
a man. The impact hurled him headfirst through the windshield, his
broken legs protruding onto the hood.
She panicked, she said, and with the man lodged in the windshield, she
drove a few miles to her home. There, she parked her 1997 Chevrolet
Cavalier in the garage and lowered the door.
Biggs pleaded for help, she told police.
He got none. Not then, or for the next two or three days, as he
remained lodged in the windshield, bleeding and slowly going into
shock, police said.
Mallard told police she periodically went into the garage to check on
the man. She said she apologized profusely to him for what she had
done but ignored his cries for help.
When the man died, several of the woman's acquaintances helped remove
his body, putting it into the trunk of another car and driving to Cobb
Park, where they dumped it, police quoted the woman as saying. Two men
found the body Oct. 27.
"This goes so far beyond failure to stop and render aid because she
did more than not render aid," Alpert said. "She made it impossible
for anyone else to do so."
Mallard first surfaced in the investigation last month when police
received a tip that she might have been involved in a hit-and-run
accident, Fahrenthold said.
Mallard had recently told a friend "bits and pieces" about an accident
when questioned at a party about why she was no longer driving her
car, Fahrenthold said.
"Within the next day or so this girl came forward and told what had
happened because she couldn't live with that," he said.
On Feb. 26, police obtained a search warrant for Mallard's house in
the 3800 block of Wilbarger Street. Inside her garage, they found the
damaged Cavalier. ***, hair and other trace evidence was visible
inside and outside the car, he said.
The car's seats had been removed and were found in the back yard, one
of them burned, Fahrenthold said.
Mallard agreed to go to the police station for questioning. There, she
gave a statement and was arrested for failure to stop and render aid.
She was free on bail when officers arrived at her home Wednesday
morning and arrested her on the upgraded warrant charging her with
***. Later in the day, she was released on a $10,000 writ bond.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has told police that
Biggs suffered no internal injuries and apparently died from loss of
*** and shock, Fahrenthold said.
The investigation is continuing and other arrests are expected, he
"We think there are other people involved, at least after he had
passed, in taking the body and putting it in the park," he said.
Biggs' mother, Meredith Biggs, said she and her son had been estranged
for several years. Medical examiner's records listed Gregory Biggs'
address as 1415 E. Lancaster Ave., a homeless shelter.
Meredith Biggs said she and her daughter, Janeen, had recently begun
looking for him. They were frightened when a search on an ancestry Web
site a couple of months ago indicated that he had died. They prayed it
was a hoax.
Wednesday, she learned it was not, and was told the details about her
"How could she just leave him like that to die?" she sobbed. "***
and *** wear off, so why didn't she get him some help?
"I should have prayed more."