Brownwood police need help finding hit-and-run suspect
BROWNWOOD, Texas - The Brownwood Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a driver who hit a woman causing severe internal injuries and then fled the scene of the accident.
According to a police report, Le'Lia Pinson was struck by a GMC Safari on November 1st as she crossed the street on East Commerce Street from a restaurant to a 7-Eleven.
Police released surveillance video of the suspect taken inside the 7-Eleven at around 7:30 a.m. Officers said they're looking for a Hispanic man in his early to mid 50s.
A week and half since the hit-and-run accident, Pinson has been spending her time sitting on her couch recovering from the injuries. She said she's suffered a broken vertebrae and doctors had to remove her spleen.
Pinson said she hasn't been able to go to work.
"I have a lot of anger towards this person because of how little he appreciates human life," Pinson said.
Officers believe the suspected vehicle is a green GMC Safari with gold on the bottom, according to the police report.
"When the van hit me, I rolled off of the side of the van and hit the ground," Pinson said. "And I hit it with enough force that it ripped my back pocket off of my pants."
The surveillance video police released shows the suspect parked his van at the 7-Eleven. He then walked into the store and waited in line to buy a lotto ticket. Police said he used cash to make the purchase.
"You shouldn't have to deal with somebody hitting you and then running. They should at least be respectful enough for the humankind to be able to stop and at least make sure you're ok," she said.
According to the report, Pinson refused immediate medical attention at the scene. She told KTXS the adrenaline caused her not to feel any pain at the time.
Pinson said she went to work but three hours later called her husband reporting severe internal pain. She said she spent three days in the intensive care unit.
"That's probably one of the hardest words I have to say right now and it's that I forgive him," Pinson said.
If someone knows the suspect and wishes to call police, please contact them at 325-642-2525.