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Brownsville—Hit-and-Run Crash on Padre Island Highway

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 7:25 am    

The Brownsville Police Department is still investigating a car collision which killed a bicyclist on Padre Island Highway, Monday morning.

According to initial reports, local responders were dispatched at the 5700 block of Padre Island Highway after receiving a call reporting an accident at around 10:40 a.m. In the report, a bicyclist was riding his bike on the shoulder lane of the highway when he was hit by a white sports utility vehicle. A witness told the police that the said vehicle repeatedly struck the victim, killing him in the process.

The bicyclist was pronounced deceased by emergency crews. He was later identified as 79-year-old Nicolas Garza Torres.

The driver of the SUV, identified as 34-year-old Juan Luis Rodriguez, was later arrested and is taken into custody. He is charged with accident involving death and criminally negligent homicide.

The crash remains under investigation.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of the deceased victim. We pray for their full recovery as we hope that the Brownsville Police Department will do everything to bring those responsible to justice.

Injuries caused by vehicle collisions can vary from crash to crash. Some injuries may heal within a span of days while others could paralyze a victim’s body for a month. The most commonly known car accident injuries include neck and chest and head and back injuries. Broken and ligament damages are also quite common.

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