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Posted on: June 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Citizen Tips Help SMPD Identify Fatal Hit and Run Suspect

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Due in major part to citizen tips, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) has been able to identify and arrest the suspected driver involved in the June 1 fatal hit and run incident.

Brenda Vasquez Hurtado (DOB 11/27/78) of San Marcos surrendered herself to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office on June 15 following an arrest warrant issued on June 10 by Justice of the Peace Maggie Moreno. Hurtado was identified as the driver of a Ford Explorer Sport Trac when it struck Dwight Garrett Thomas on Post Road. Thomas died hours after the accident while receiving medical care at Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle. The vehicle is registered to Hurtado’s sister.

Hurtado has been charged with Accident Involving Death, a second-degree felony. Bond has been set at $100,000.00.

The SMPD would like to thank the public for numerous tips that came in after the initial press release that aided in the outcome of this case.

Previous Release 6/2/2020: SMPD Searching for Suspect in Last Night’s Hit and Run Fatality

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is asking the public for help identifying the driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian in the 1600 block of Post Road last night at around 10 p.m. and resulted in the victim’s death.

The San Marcos Fire Department and Hays County EMS assisted SMPD in response to the accident Monday night, June 1. The victim was identified as Dwight Garrett Thomas (DOB 08/15/1978) of San Marcos. Thomas and another male were walking either on the edge of a sidewalk or in a bicycle lane when Thomas was struck by the vehicle.

Thomas was transported to Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle where he passed away overnight. He was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Beth Smith and his family has been notified.

Based on evidence left on scene, it is believed the vehicle is a maroon 2002-2005 Ford Explorer (possibly the Sport Trac model). The vehicle will be missing the right-front-side turn signal housing and possibly has the front right headlight broken out as well. The vehicle fled the scene going inbound on Post Road into San Marcos.

“Our community has already helped us identify one hit and run driver this year,” said Interim Police Chief Bob Klett. “We are asking witnesses and anyone who recognizes the vehicle description to come forward and help us solve this crime.”

The San Marcos Police Collision Investigation Team is still investigating and anyone with any information about the driver or vehicle is asked to contact Sergeant Sam Myers at 512.753.2182. 

Brenda Hurtado mugshot with her birthdate (08/15/1978)

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