Hit-and-run driver: 'I thought I hit a dog'

Juan Lopez, 73, faces failure to stop and render aid charge in child's death

SAN ANTONIO - An 11-year-old boy, Super Abel Herebia, was struck and killed on Sept. 30, 2010, as he and a group of friends dashed into the intersection of 36th  Street and Old Highway 90 West.

The driver of the pickup truck that struck him, 73-year-old Juan Lopez, continued on until another motorist stopped him three blocks away.

“I told him, 'You need to go back,’ and he was, like, 'Por que?'" Oscar Balderas testified. “I was like, 'You hit a little boy.'”

Balderas said Lopez told him he thought he had hit a dog.

Lopez, at Balderas’ insistence, returned to the scene and was later charged with failure to stop and render aid.

A police investigator explained that Lopez did not cause the accident.

He said it was the child’s fault.

Therefore, the charges against Lopez did not involve the accident itself but rather the fact that he did not stop.

If he is found guilty, Lopez is faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

Testimony will continue on Thursday in Judge Lori Valenzuela’s 437th District Court.


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