HARLINGEN — In just one week there have been two hit-and-run incidents. They occurred within blocks of each other but on different nights.
Today, police are looking for the driver who struck a man and a woman and then fled the scene.
Thursday night around 10:54 p.m. officers responded to the 1000 block of W. Tyler Ave. in reference to an auto-pedestrian crash. When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman lying in the roadway injured.
Witnesses told officers a white Chrysler 300 had struck both victims and then continued traveling eastbound on Tyler Avenue, failing to stop and render aid to the victims.
Emergency services arrived on scene and transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment.
Police said they are both in serious but stable condition. They are in their early 20s.
The suspect vehicle was located a few hours later abandoned and on fire on the north side of town near Briggs Coleman Road and FM 508.
If anybody has any information regarding the hit and run crash, they are asked to contact the Harlingen Police Department Crime Stoppers at 956-425-8477 or Highway Enforcement Officer Antonio Maldonado at 956-367-3784.
In another case, a Harlingen man was charged Thursday in connection with striking and killing a man.
Joaquin Cordero, 24, of Harlingen, was arraigned on a second-degree felony for accident involving death in connection to the hit-and-run of 52-year-old Harlingen resident Jeffrey Wall on Tuesday night.
His bond was set at $100,000.
At 9:24 p.m., Harlingen officers responded to the 900 block of W. Tyler Ave. in reference to an auto-pedestrian crash.
When officers arrived, a man, later identified as Wall, was located lying in the roadway, dead.
Police said after the incident, Cordero fled the scene.
During the investigation, Cordero’s vehicle, a four-door Saturn, was located and secured for investigation purposes.
He turned himself in to police Wednesday around noon after an active police search.
Upon his arrest, police conducted a blood draw to check for drugs or alcohol. Those results have not been released.
Police are also trying to determine if speed was a factor.
The Harlingen Highway Enforcement Unit and Major Crime’s Unit will be conducting their investigation into both incidents.