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    Jorge Garcia

Ferris police nab suspect in Dec. 30 fatal hit-and-run.

Jorge Garcia, 37, of Rice has been arrested by the Ferris police with help from the Ennis Police Department and tips from local residents.

Garcia was booked into the Ellis County Jail Thursday, Jan. 6 at 2:19 p.m. and charged with accident involving injury/death, a second-degree felony. His bond was set at $50,000.

According to the Ferris Police Department, a pedestrian now identified as Jaron McClendon of Ennis, was walking on the shoulder of the 800 block of the southbound Interstate 45 service road around 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 when he was struck by a vehicle which resembled a light-colored Cadillac Escalade that was merging onto the highway.

Witnesses told police the driver of the Escalade got out to inspect the damage to his vehicle, then left the scene without attempting to help McClendon.

McClendon was transported to Baylor Dallas with life-threatening injuries, where he died Sunday, Jan. 2.

The Ferris police department released pictures of the Escalade and the two individuals they believe were in the vehicle based on surveillance video taken.

Ellis County Press

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