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San Marcos police are asking for assistance in solving a hit and run pedestrian fatality that claimed the life of a young pregnant woman in October 2011.


Twenty-two year old Diann Sharnell Ford had just ended her shift at Long John Silver’s restaurant on the west access road of I-35 around 11:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 and began walking to her home on the east side of I-35.

Ford was crossing the access road in front of the McDonald’s restaurant in the 1100 block of IH 35 North when she was struck by a vehicle.

The vehicle slowed down and then left the scene without stopping or attempting to help the young mother. She was taken to University Medical Center at Brackenridge in Austin where she delivered a healthy baby girl.

“Two days later Diann died from complications from her injuries,” said Sgt. Christopher Tureaud, a police investigator on the case.  “She was eight months pregnant when she was struck and killed by the driver who fled the scene.”

Anyone with any information concerning this hit and run fatality is asked to contact the San Marcos Police Department Collision Investigation Team or may submit tips through Crime Stoppers at (512) 353-TIPS(8477) or text an anonymous tip to:  847411 + in the message line: SMPD+your tip.

Witnesses may also contact Sgt. Tureaud at 512-754-2214 or

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One thought on “Police ask for help solving year-old hit-and-run

  1. This is a one way stretch of road. They either came from exit 205 off of IH 35, Long St, IHOP, Bikini’s, Jackson Ln, Aquarena, McDonald’s, Springtown Way, one of the Hotels/Motels, Kobe’s, Furr’s, etc.. Who else was getting off at that hour from any of those locations and had to travel on that one way street at that time? Are there camera’s at any of those locations that may have a view of cars along that stretch of road? Do the camera’s at the major intersection capture footage of cars passing? That is a heavily traveled intersection by foot and by car. Surely, someone caught a glimpse of a car or truck stopping long before the light for no apparent reason?

    I was upset then and I am still upset that someone knew they hit her and did not stop to render aid. Step forward and get some closure.

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