Driver Charged In Suspected Drunken Hit-And-Run Death


A 19-year-old Mission man has been charged in the suspected drunken driving death of a Harlingen man just west of downtown McAllen this past weekend.

The victim, 38-year-old Marco Antonio Ortiz, was run over as he was crossing Bicentennial Boulevard at Beaumont Avenue early Saturday morning. The driver, Jorge Luis Garcia, never stopped but McAllen police spotted his pickup truck heading west on I-2, pulled him over and placed him under arrest.

Garcia was charged with intoxication manslaughter and with accident involving death. He was ordered jailed on bonds totaling $75,000. The McAllen Monitor reports Garcia had paid an employee at the Elevate nightclub on 17th street 40 dollars to allow him to drink there Friday night. The nightclub is reportedly now closed.

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