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Lubbock man jailed for failure to stop and rendering aid

Thomas Holland, image from Lubbock County S.O. Thomas Holland, image from Lubbock County S.O.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A 23-year-old Lubbock man was booked into the Lubbock County jail Monday night for charges related to the November 26th death of Juan Antonio Carmona, 23, of Lubbock. 

Thomas Fintan Holland faces charges of failure to stop and render aid.  His bond is $40,000.

The arrest comes more than one month after a passer-by saw Carmona's body lying by the side of the road at 200 Parkway Drive on November 26th.

Hours later police located and confiscated the vehicle that they believe was involved in the case which they described as a hit and run. The vehicle, a black Mitsubishi, was located at 62nd and York with damage to the right headlight and right side of the windshield. KCBD NewsChannel 11 was able to utilize a database of public records to see that the Mitsubishi was registered to Holland. 

"I want him to be locked up so he knows what locked up is, because my son is in the grave already," said Jesusa Ornelas Carmona, the victim's mother.

According to the arrest warrant, multiple witness statements give insight as to what happened the morning after thanksgiving. Police said Holland was driving the car that hit and killed Juan Carmona. KCBD spoke with the victim's mother who still has many questions about her son's death.

"How come he didn't stay there and call 911 instead of just leaving him there and leaving," said Jesusa Ornelas Carmona. 

In the warrant, Thomas Holland said he tried calling police, but they said to call back the next morning. While Jesusa Carmona continues to mourn the loss of her son, the suspect sits behind bars, but Jesusa said that's not enough. "How come they don't have him for murder instead of render aid," said Jesusa Ornelas Carmona. 

Police said in the arrest warrant they saw a drop of blood on the top of Holland's tennis shoes, dried blood on his fingers and blood on his pants, which he said is from cutting his finger on a shot glass.

A witness in the arrest warrant said he was with Holland less than an hour before the incident. In the warrant that witness said he will testify that Holland was drunk at the time and had been drinking the night of the incident. 

The report also said the victim, Juan Carmona had a blood alcohol content of three times the legal limit and had marijuana in his system. The victim's mother said Carmona went out with friends that night, but never called to get picked up and come home. "So we thought they were going to bring him home until a cop came at 4:00 a.m in the morning that my son was dead," said Jesusa Ornelas Carmona. 

In the report police said they received a crimeline tip from an unknown person saying the person who killed Carmona works at Outback Steakhouse. According to witnesses in the warrant Holland does indeed work at Outback Steakhouse. 

The victim's mother said until justice is found in her son's death she will keep searching for answers. "That's what hurts me more. He has two kids, they aren't going to see his father anymore. And I say they need justice too," said Jesusa Ornelas Carmona. 

Juan Carmona leaves behind two children ages four and six. 

Police are still awaiting more blood samples in this case.

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