Posted: Feb 23, 2012 4:32 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2012 4:37 PM
MERCEDES - DPS troopers continue to investigate a fatal hit-and-run. They found a truck they thought might be connected, but after checking it out, it was not. That truck's owner has a message for the person who fled the night of the hit-and-run.
The night of Feb. 12, Augustine Perez got a surprise at his Mercedes home.
"We were already in bed; we didn't know what was going on. We had four DPS out here," says Perez.
Troopers came to the Perez home to tell him there was an accident involving a truck similar to the one his daughter drives. Eyewitnesses told troopers it was a green extended cab pickup with a Transformers stick on the back.
Robert Hernandez of Mercedes died. He was hit on Business 83 by two vehicles. Perez is still thinking about the Hernandez family.
"Our hearts do go out to the Hernandez family. They did lose a loved one," says Perez.
He worries about his own.
"The only thing that was really disturbing was everyone else thinking it was us, not being able to tell our side of the story until we got our vehicle back," says Perez.
He says children bullied his son.
"He came home almost in tears, and that was hard for me to see," says Perez.
Debris on the side of the road is all that's left after the accident a few weeks ago, but Perez still thinks about it regularly. He still thinks about the driver of the second car. It hit Hernandez and its driver fled the scene.
"I would come up and fess up and be a man about it and let everyone know that it was you. There was a life that was lost because of this," says Perez.
Perez says his daughter is getting a new car. The family sold the truck to put an end to this chapter of their lives.