Cedar Park man charged in hit-and-run death of former UT runner Philip Wood

Grant Gordon

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.