Three students struck by hit and run driver

September 14, 2009 2:32:22 PM PDT
A driver hit three students at a bus stop this morning and kept on going. Two of those high school students are still in the hospital. The accident happened near Prairie Wind and Mauna Lao in northwest Harris County as the Jersey Village High School students waited to board their bus.

Precinct 4 has a good description of the car and they have received several tips from callers. Friends of the victims are urging the driver to come forward.

Moises Garcia, 16, is one of the three injured students. His 13-year-old brother says when he saw him lying on the street, he was afraid he would not survive.

"He had, like, a hole in his nose and you could see like his insides," described Marcos Chacon, Garcia's brother.

Precinct 4 deputy constables say a gray Dodge Magnum drove around the school bus on the right hand side, plowing straight into the three teenagers. The driver then fled the scene. All three teens were hurt, but Garcia suffered the worst injuries.

"Evidently went under the car and was drug 25 to 30 yards before he came free of the car," said Captain Paul Staton with the Precinct 4 Constable's Office. "The injuries he suffered were a broken left shoulder, a broken left leg, a broken left elbow and a minor head injury."

Garcia is now in fair condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. A 15-year-old girl is now at Texas Children's Hospital, listed as stable, and a third victim, a 17-year-old boy, was released from Cy-Fair Hospital.

Deputy constables say the driver will be charged with a first degree felony for failing to stop and render aid and they are confident the person will be caught, which would bring Garcia's family some relief.

"I would tell him to just show yourself," said Chacon.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Precinct 4 Constable's Office at 281-376-3472. The constables office is working to enhance video from the bus to try to identify the driver.

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