A former Abilene schools superintendent who was knocked unconscious in an apparent carjacking at a hotel parking lot in Dallas is expected to recover, according to reports.
Charles Hundley, 70, was found unconscious and bleeding at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Best Western at 4150 North Central Expressway, according to Dallas police.
Hundley, who served as superintendent of the Abilene Independent School District from 1988 to 2000, was listed as being in the intensive care unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas late Friday.
A witness told police that she first saw Hundley arrive in the parking lot in a 2009 Chevy Impala. Hundley, the witness said, was not driving.
Soon after, the witness told police, she heard a noise.
When she looked out a window, she saw Hundley lying on the ground and the Impala speeding out of the parking lot.
The police report does not state whether the witness was looking out of the window of a hotel room or of a car.
The witness said she did not see the assault.
It was unknown late Friday whether an arrest has been made in the case, which is being investigated as an aggravated robbery.
Hundley’s Impala, valued at $18,000, and his cellphone were reported as stolen.
Hundley retired in the spring as superintendent of the Crowell Independent School District, where he began working in 2001. Crowell is in southern Foard County, between Childress and Vernon.
According to the police report, Hundley’s home address is listed in Marble Falls.
Steven Pyburn, who is from Merkel, replaced Hundley as Crowell superintendent.
“He’s a great, wonderful guy,” Pyburn said. “One of the best superintendents in the state of Texas. Everybody loves him to death.”
A Crowell school official said Friday that Hundley is sedated and that his wife, Patty Hundley, has been told his injuries are not life-threatening.
The official also said she was hesitant to say more because she knows Hundley as a private person.
Reporter-News archives show Hundley was succeeded by Michael Moehler when he left AISD in 2000.
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