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2008-01-31

Alleged hit & run driver located

By Judith Pannebaker

A motorist who allegedly struck a pedestrian crossing Highway 16 North last weekend then left the scene of the accident has been identified, according to Bandera Police Chief Jim Eigner.

Bandera resident Tammy Clark was crossing the state highway at approximately 6 pm, Sunday, Jan. 27, near the Beverage Barn and Montague Street, where she lives, when she was struck and knocked down by an automobile. She was later transported to University Hospital in San Antonio where she remains for evaluation of back, head and neck injuries, Eigner said. Officers have not yet interviewed Clark about the accident.

With assistance of Precinct 1 Constable Phil Tobin, officers located the vehicle, described as a 1980s model white Cadillac, and identified the driver, a Hispanic male who works at the Twin Elm Guest Ranch.

The driver, whose name was not revealed, admitted to “feeling a bump” while traveling north on Highway 16, However, he told investigating officers he thought he had struck an animal and did not stop. According to Eigner, the driver said he looked back, but, after being unable to see anything, continued north on Highway 16.”

“Witnesses told a different story, however,” Eigner said, adding witnesses said after striking Clark, the car at first slowed down, then sped up as it left the scene.

Eigner went on to say the suspect had been interviewed, but not yet arrested. “We’ll probably get a statement then file at large charges,” he said, adding that under the Texas Transportation Code, leaving the scene of an accident is a third degree felony.