Arrest warrants issued in multiple hit-and-run
By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
MARFA – A trail of wreckage was left along North Austin Street on Sunday night as a driver of a white car struck three vehicles, according to Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez. The suspect abandoned his white car on West Texas Street at around 10pm.
“It was horrible. It was a shock,” Arcon Inn owner Mona Garcia said of the multiple hit-and-runs, which totaled her son, Anthony’s vehicle and destroyed a portion of the Arcon Inn’s fence. “Anthony was horrified.”
According to Sheriff Dominguez, the vehicle – that was abandoned on West Texas Street after the incident – was registered to a Saul Vasquez of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Though Border Patrol agents tracked Vasquez down to the railroad tracks, Dominguez said, Vasquez was able to shake his pursuers and likely hid in a building.
Two misdemeanor warrants which have been sent to authorities in New Mexico were also issued for Vasquez, who is believed to have fled back to his home state.
“I’m shocked that I didn’t even hear it,” said Marfa beautician Gloria Lujan, whose vehicle was also struck, forcing her car to collide with a neighbor’s. “The sheriff came and told me that someone hit my car, which hit the car in front of me and I though they were playing around.”
According to Garcia, authorities also informed her that the insurance on the vehicle had lapsed that struck her son’s car, leaving her son unable to collect from his insurer until the Vasquez is apprehended.
“Anthony has to drive a 70-mile round –trip four days a week for work. The insurance company said they can’t do anything until they catch the guy. This is creating a hardship for my son,” she said.
“He’s disappeared. [The authorities] did say that if they find him, he’ll be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law, regardless if he’s an American citizen or a green card-holder,” Garcia added.
Though the incident has left both victims of the hit-and-run in a financial bind, both Lujan and Garcia expressed relief that no injuries occurred on account of the wrecks.
“It’s scary, but I’m glad nobody got hurt. I’m very grateful for that,” said Lujan, adding that she is expecting a full report from DPS.
“We are just astounded that this happened, but nobody was hurt, thank God,” echoed Garcia.
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