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Man Charged in Hit-and-Run at Elementary School in Mission

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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 3:36 PM

Updated: Feb 29, 2012 3:39 PM

MISSION - The driver who police say struck an elementary school student in Mission is on his way to the county jail.

Jaime Garza Gonzalez was charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. Witnesses tell police Gonzalez had just picked up his child at Castro Elementary when he struck a 6-year-old student. Garza Gonzalez is accused of fleeing the scene after the accident but was arrested a short time later at a relative's home.

Police say they hope to use this as a learning tool for parents, drivers and students. They say a lot went wrong Tuesday.

The 6-year-old got out of school when he spotted his mother parked on the 600 block of Citriana Street. The child darted across the street instead of using one of three designated crosswalks. Police say Gonzalez was driving west and took off when he struck the child.

Parents lined up at Castro Elementary starting around 2 Wednesday afternoon. Mission CISD spokesperson Craig Verley says the district makes a determination on a school's pickup policy at the beginning of the year. The principal reviews traffic patterns to figure out how best to keep students safe.

Police say Gonzalez also had a warrant out for his arrest.

Last fall, another student was hit. Following that accident, "no parking" signs were posted. After this latest incident, the district sent out a letter reminding parents not to park along the streets surrounding the school. Instead, they're asking parents to line up.

Topics: Mission, hit and run, accident, castro elementary, Jaime garza gonzalez

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