Suspected Driver in Fatality Crash Arrested for Felony Hit and Run on ICE Hold, Victim Named
An 18-year-old male has been arrested for accident involving serious bodily injury/death in connection to a fatality crash that occurred on Marx and 19th Streets Saturday.
Tom Green County Jail records indicate that Bernardo Ponce-Ponce was booked into the jail on Sunday morning at 4:09 a.m. by San Angelo Police. Later on Sunday, an ICE hold was added to his record, indicating that Ponce-Ponce may be an illegal immigrant.
The crash occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and involved a maroon 2000 GMC Yukon and a silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. Both vehicles were reported to be transporting both a driver and a passenger, and all were reported to be injured. One of the occupants of the Grand Am died on Saturday night.
According to SAPD Public Information Officer Brian Robinson, Ponce-Ponce is suspected to be the driver of the Yukon. Following the crash on Saturday, Ponce-Ponce fled the scene on foot and was later arrested on the felony hit and run charge.
Police are currently trying to determine Ponce-Ponce’s legal status, Robinson said, hence why he has been placed on an ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) hold.
An accident involving serious bodily injury/death is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years confinement and an optional $10,000 fine.
Update 1:44 p.m.
Police have identified the deceased as 69-year-old Eulalio Canel Giron. Giron was driving the Pontiac on Saturday when the crash occurred. A 24-year-old male passenger, Armando Cervantes, was treated for serious incapacitating injuries he sustained in the crash.The passenger of the Yukon, 21-year-old Yecenia Sanchez, was treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash.
Preliminary investigation shows the Pontiac was stopped at the intersection of Marx and 19th Street northbound. The Yukon was west bound on 19th Street. The driver of the Pontiac failed to yield right of way and entered the intersection colliding with the Yukon.
Several hours into the crash investigation, at approximately 2:00 a.m. on August 10, San Angelo Police Officers located the driver of the Yukon at a residence on the north side of town and identified him as Bernardo Ponce. Ponce was arrested for Failure to Stop and Render Aid Involving Serious Bodily Injury or Death and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. This arrest was made without incident. This is a felony of the second degree.
The accident is still under investigation.
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