Early this morning, at about 1:15 am, Temple Police responded to a Hit and Run crash in the parking lot of “Outback” bar, 1722 South Martin Luther King Drive. Officers arrived to find a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian, identified as Mary Lou Garcia, age 68, of Temple, was taken to Scott and White Hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries. She passed away a short time later.
At the scene, officers observed a pickup truck had left the roadway off South MLK, entered the parking lot, and struck Mrs. Garcia along with two parked vehicles. The driver of the truck fled the scene on foot. Officers learned his home address through information from the truck he left behind, and asked Belton Police to attempt to locate him at his home. A short time later, Belton Police advised they had found him there, and arrested him.
The suspect was identified as Jorge Robles-Gonzales, a 36-year-old Belton man. He was found to be intoxicated, and was transported to Bell County Jail, charged with Intoxication Manslaughter. This charge will be reviewed later today or early tomorrow with the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and bond will be set thereafter.
The Temple PD Traffic Unit's Accident Reconstruction Team gathered evidence at the scene to reconstruct the crash, and their investigation continues.
From Temple Police