A southeast Texas man was placed under arrest after his involvement in a hit-and-run was discovered. The car accident occurred on a Monday at approximately 8 p.m. A 25-year-old woman and her 6-year-old child died in the incident.
Reports indicate that as the man drove along the street the girl and her mother were crossing, he heard a thud. His windshield was damaged, so he pulled into a parking lot in order to check the damage. He never went back to see what his vehicle struck.
Instead, he reportedly went to the home of his girlfriend. His girlfriend went to the scene to ascertain what he hit with his vehicle. She called him when she discovered that he had struck two people. At that point, he put the damaged vehicle in the garage and did not contact police regarding his involvement. The man failed to go to the Orange Police Department to confess that he was driving the vehicle that struck the victims until approximately 9:45 p.m. the next day.
The 53-year-old man faces charges in connection with the deaths. His bail was set at $200,000 ($100,000 for each victim). As the criminal case progresses, the family of the victims may file wrongful death claims against the driver, who is an assistant football coach and teacher with the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District. If the family prevails in proving that the deaths of their loved ones were due to the negligence of another, a Texas court may consider awarding damages to offset the inevitable financial burdens that come with this car accident.
Source: 12newsnow.com, "Affidavit: WO-S assistant coach brought damaged car to girlfriend's house after fatal accident, didn't call police", Nov. 4, 2015