McAllen police have released a statement concerning a hit and run accident that occurred on Saturday, March 23rd. According to the McAllen P.D., 36-year old Mission native Claudia Martinez has been charged with an accident resulting in personal injury or death. The accident occurred during the early morning hours of the 23rd when Martinez struck 23-year old Juan Estrada. Estrada had allegedly been crossing East Expressway 83.
Despite pedestrians not being allowed on the Expressway, Martinez failed to stop and render aid to Estrada. Details of whether Estrada died at the scene or in a hospital have not been released. Witnesses to the accident assisted authorities in identifying Martinez’s vehicle. The charge filed against her is a third degree felony, punishable by a prison term of two to ten years. She is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.
If you have lost a loved one due to a hit and run driver, contact a McAllen personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.