Woman Struck by Constable Deputy in Laguna Heights
LAGUNA HEIGHTS – A Laguna Heights woman is recovering in a San Antonio hospital after being struck by a Cameron County constable deputy.
The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 100 in Laguna Heights on Sunday.
The woman’s husband, Fernando Carreto-Ortiz, said she was pushing their young daughter in a stroller as she was crossing the highway to go buy dinner.
The child wasn’t injured.
Cameron County Precinct 1 Constable Pete Delgadillo said the deputy struck the woman as she made her way to the middle turning lane.
The victim’s husband told CHANNEL 5 NEWS she suffered broken bones in her left leg, hip and arm. The woman also suffered a laceration to her head.
She’s in stable condition at a San Antonio hospital.
Residents in the area said there are people crossing the highway at all times of the day, even without a protected pedestrian lane.
“Because there is no crosswalk where people can have some kind of light, where they can cross with safety if traffic would stop,” Laguna Heights resident Manuel Reyes said. “You can see now that traffic is going above 35 miles an hour.”
Delgadillo said they are reviewing surveillance video. So far, there is no evidence on the constable’s part.
As per county policy, the constable was also sent for a blood test.
A Texas Department of Transportation spokesman said in order to have a crosswalk in the area, it would first have to be deemed safe to install. The state will then need pedestrian traffic data to support the need for a crosswalk.
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