22-year-old hospitalized after early morning hit and run

WESLACO — Police are looking for a four-door charcoal gray Chrysler 200 with extensive damage to the hood and possibly the windshield.

The vehicle is believed to have been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident that left a 22-year-old man in serious condition yesterday morning, officials said.

Officials identified the 22-year-old man as Hugo Ernesto de la Garza, who was traveling with his girlfriend east on Expressway 83 (Interstate 2) and Farm-to-Market 1015 heading home to Los Fresnos.

The couple reportedly began arguing; De la Garza stopped the car and got out of the vehicle, according to officials.

According to police, his girlfriend jumped into the driver’s seat and followed him, pleading for him to get back into the car.

Officers believe he then stepped into the traffic lane and was struck by the charcoal Chrysler.

Officials say the vehicle did not stop and was last seen driving east on U.S. Expressway 83.

The vehicle is believed to be missing its grill.

De la Garza was transported to Knapp Medical Center, where he was stabilized then transported to McAllen Medical Center, officials said.

He is now in a San Antonio Hospital in serious condition.

Those with information are asked to contact Weslaco Crime Stoppers at 956-968-8477.