Arrest warrant issued for woman driving in deadly hit and run - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/18/09

Arrest warrant issued for woman driving in deadly hit and run

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police say early Sunday morning, 26-year-old Jessicalynn Tanguma was driving down the 1200 block of 50th Street when she struck and killed a pedestrian.  Tanguma's lawyer says that she had no idea that she had hit a person.

Attorney Jeff Nicholson tells NewsChannel 11 that Tanguma was picking up her ex-boyfriend from a local bar. Lubbock Police say while she changed lanes on 50th Street, she hit 21-year-old Luis Hernandez. "The pedestrian then crossed the street and didn't make sure there wasn't any traffic coming," said Lt. Neal Barron with the Lubbock Police Department.  

"She just didn't know what she had hit, and it was kind of dark through there and she kind of indicated that when she was turning she started seeing damage to the windshield at that point," said Nicholson. Nicholson says she then stopped to check out the damage, but didn't notice any blood.

After seeing news reports her attorney says she later figured out it was Hernandez who she hit. "It's just a terrible thing and she's very upset about it and very distraught about it," said Nicholson.   

Tanguma didn't turn herself into police until Monday evening, but thanks to a Crime Line tip Lubbock Police already had their eyes on her. "We were on our way to locate her, and we had her located and then she ended up calling us," said Barron.   

Nicholson says this was truly just an accident and does not believe his client was under the influence of alcohol. "The impression there was created that was somebody was drunk and hit somebody and didn't come back and that's not what happened here at all and I wanted to clear that up," said Nicholson. 

Friends and neighbors of Hernandez say he will be greatly missed. "He was an amazing guy, he has always been there for his family, he was a great brother, he was a good kid," said neighbor Vanity Hernandez. 

"I look out for the family and try to be here and help hold them up, I know it hurts, it hurts me and I'm just a friend," said neighbor Clara Eddington. 

Tanguma faces a third degree felony charge of failure to stop and render aid.

(Click here) to view the arrest report. 

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