Driver accused of striking woman and child, fleeing scene

February 2, 2012 10:54:02 AM PST
A driver is accused of striking a woman and her child on the side of the toll road last month and leaving the scene of the accident.

Ricardo Daniel Brena Cruz, 29, is charged with failure to stop and render aid. According to court documents, the victim stated her vehicle was disabled on the side of the Sam Houston Tollway in north Houston on January 28 and that she had just removed her daughter from the vehicle when Cruz's red Camaro struck them and propelled them two car lengths, where she landed on her back still holding the child. She told investigators that she suffered a broken leg as a result.

The woman told investigators that Cruz stopped, reversed and fled the scene. She found the Camaro's license plate and gave it to authorities.

Court documents state investigators tracked down the address attached to the vehicle's license plate and saw the Camaro parked in the street with the front license plate missing. They located Cruz, identifying him through his Mexican Consulate ID card, and investigators say he admitted that he was on the toll road on Jan. 28 when he changed lanes to avoid an accident and struck a woman who was out of her vehicle.

According to investigators, Cruz stated he fled the scene because he was scared and did not want to get a ticket.

Bond has not been set in this case.