The Nueces County District Attorney's office confirmed Wednesday that they believe 22-year-old Tyler Farmer was the driver of the pickup truck that struck and killed one-year-old Royalty Coleman on Aug. 21.
It's not the only crime Farmer is a suspect in. He was also arrested in connection with the Oct. 18 murder of Gilbert Sierra III in the 1400 block of 18th Street.
Coleman's mother, Amisha Gilmore, learned the news Wednesday that Farmer is the suspected hit-and-run driver.
"I pray this is the person that did this to my baby," Gilmore said. "I pray for justice."
Gilmore remembers the tragic day she lost her one-year-old son.
"We were crossing the street," Gilmore said. "A truck comes at full force. Like speeding. Full speeding."
She said the driver seemed to rush toward them with aggression.
"The body language of the truck was very personal," Gilmore said. "He had to have some type of hate in his heart for black people or whatever."
Coleman had just celebrated his first birthday not long before the hit-and-run.
"It's very hard to lose a child. It's not a good feeling. It's never going to go away. Happy baby, very beautiful baby and we truly miss him," Gilmore said. "I miss holding him. Talking to him. Wish I got to see him walk. I just miss seeing his face. I wish we had more time with him."
Gilmore and her two young children are still trying to understand why the suspect did not stop.
"Justice for Royalty. He didn't deserve to die in pain like that," Gilmore said. "If you don't have remorse for a woman with three kids, then something must be wrong. You don't deserve the freedom. You deserve to be behind bars. Why would you do that?"
Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez said that Farmer could be charged with both crimes.
The case is still under investigation.
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