Family of woman killed in hit and run thank DPS for the prompt arrest of driver


The family of an Edinburg pregnant woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Sunday is reacting to the arrest of the driver.

Three charges are now being held against a man accused of killing Lorena Perez, her unborn son — and also injuring a minor.

“I want to thank the state troopers that were out there and were able to get this taken care of in a matter of — I want to say 24 hours, 24-36 hours if at all,” said Perez’s aunt, Letty Flores.

Perez’s aunt thanked authorities, the community and now looking toward a funeral to say goodbye.

“It gives us a little bit of closure because at least we can put a face to who did this and I wanted him to see what he took from us,” Flores said.

The suspect is 44 year-old Carlos Rodriguez Santiago. Hidalgo County jail records show Santiago has been jailed on driving while intoxicated charges six times from 2003 to 2015. 

Intoxication hasn’t been mentioned in this case, but an arrest affidavit states that Santiago “didn’t think whatever he struck was significant enough for him to stop.” 

Santiago also told troopers he could not recall how he arrived at his Edinburg home.


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