by BRAD ROLLINS
A man was killed and three other injured in two unrelated early morning hit-and-runs over Labor Day weekend.
Jennifer McKernan, 21, is charged with failure to stop and render aid after she allegedly ran over 37-year-old Ricardo Rodriguez as he walked along Wonder World Drive near the railroad overpass early Monday. She was released from the Hays County jail under a $10,000 bond.
Tiffany Danielle Dahl, 25, faces five felony charges stemming from another hit-and-run early Sunday in downtown San Marcos that left three injured, two of them seriously. Dahl remains in jail under $75,000 in bail.
In the first incident, San Marcos police officer Jason Scott found Rodriguez’s body while on regular patrol just before 3 a.m. Sept. 3.
The police department’s collision investigation team found debris from a red Nissan Versa, including large pieces of the cars with parts numbers imprinted on them.
Later that morning, officer Kassondra Raven was patrolling nearby apartment complexes when she ran over debris in the parking lot. A closer look determined that the litter could have come from the suspect vehicle and McKernan’s damaged vehicle was located not far away.
McKernan was arrested after police said the linked debris found at the site of Rodriguez’s death to the suspect’s wrecked car.
About 24 hours earlier, emergency units responded to an auto-pedestrian collision at Hopkins and LBJ Drive in downtown San Marcos. The driver of the vehicle fled.
Two men were found lying on Hopkins Street with traumatic injuries. The men, ages 29 and 26, were transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin with head and chest injuries. A 28-year old woman suffered leg injuries and was treated and released.
Witnesses gave police a description of a blue 1990s model Chevy pickup with a broken windshield driven by a blond female.
Officer David Amerson stopped a matching vehicle at Interstate 35 and Wonder World Drive. After linking the vehicle and driver to the hit and run downtown, police charged Tiffany Dahl with three counts of failure to stop and render aid and two counts of intoxication assault.
The police department is urging both drivers and pedestrians to be careful, especially when traveling at late night in high-traffic areas such as downtown.
“There is a significant pedestrian traffic downtown during those hours and drivers need to be looking out for pedestrians. Likewise, pedestrians need to be looking out for vehicles and following the proper safety precautions,” Sgt. Brandon Winkenwerder said.Email | Print