DALLAS – Dallas police have arrested and charged a man suspected of hitting a seven-year-old girl in the 2700 block of West Northwest Highway and driving away without helping.
Devora Lopez, 7, was crossing the road alongside a family member on Saturday when she was hit by two vehicles, one of which fled. She later died from her injuries.
On Monday, department spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez said Juan Francisco Salazar, 34, was arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Salazar faces between two and 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
On Sunday, police said they were interviewing a person of interest with the case. Gutierrez declined to comment further about the investigation after announcing the arrest.
Court documents show Salazar has a lengthy record, including a felony conviction for robbery in 2006; a misdemeanor assault conviction in 2007; a misdemeanor conviction for driving while intoxicated and another for fleeing a police officer in 2009.
He was booked into the Dallas County Jail at 3:13 p.m. Monday, according to its website.