BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Bell County grand jurors Wednesday handed up an indictment charging accident with injury/failure to stop and render aid against Richard Anthony Salinas, 36, of Copperas Cove in connection with a hit-and-run in August 2016 in Harker Heights that claimed the life of Killeen High School student Parker James Leporin-Vazquez, 16.
Leporin-Vazquez, 16, was struck at around 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2016, as he and another person walked along the side of the road in the 600 block of East Central Texas Expressway
He later died at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.
The driver of the dark-colored SUV that struck the two didn’t stop, police said.
The SUV was stopped and seized as evidence on Aug. 22, 2016.
The driver was identified, but police didn’t indicate that an arrest was made at the time.
Salinas wasn’t taken into custody until March 9 of this year.
After the arrest, the teenager’s family released a statement expressing a desire to see justice done.
“It would have only taken a moment to stop, to check on Parker and the other children there, see if someone was injured, to render aid, and call 911. That one moment of action or inaction as it was, changed the entire event. Instead of just being a horribly tragic accident, we have had to wonder for the last year and a half who could hurt our son, and why would they do this.”