Hit and Run Victims Looking for Closure, Police Looking for Suspects

The Corpus Christi Police Department has a message to the culprits behind hit and run accidents: You will be caught.

The rash of these types of accidents have claimed lives, maimed people for life and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Now, investigators are asking the public to help them solve the most recent cases once and for all.

"We just want to know why?" said Marco Antonio Cumpian, the son of a hit and run victim. "It's only an answer, why he just left my mom there."

Cumpian and his family have been waiting for justice. It's been a month and two weeks since someone ran over his mother, 64-year old Maria Cumpian, and left her for dead. She was hit by a truck as she walked across the 4000 block of Ayers.

"She can't put any pressure on her right leg," Marco Cumpian said. "She still has seven broken ribs and the operation of the ulna, it was fractured. We thank God that she's alive."

Maria Cumpian is now undergoing painful physical therapy, and so far, investigators have yet to turn up any new clues, and no one has come forward with information.

"Whoever did it, please turn yourself in," said George Martinez, who's brother-in-law, 52-year old Adolfo "Rudy" Espinoza was hit by a vehicle in December while helping a woman whose car had run out of gas on the Crosstown Expressway. A truck sped by and struck Espinoza, and did not stop.

Espinoza lost a leg as a result of that hit and run.

"Everybody needs closure in their lives," said Mary Encinia, whose daughter was killed by a hit and run driver.

It was a little over two years ago, on Feb. 11, when Encinia's daughter, Kimberly, was struck and killed while walking down McArdle between Rodd Field Road and Ennis Joslin. She was on her way to church.

"I'm hoping that if this person that killed my daughter is listening, you know, you've been forgiven," Encinia said. "The instant that I saw my daughter there where you left her, laying in the ditch, you have been forgiven and will always be forgiven. I just hope one day I get to meet you and give you a hug and thank you for surrendering."

"We're out looking," said Sgt. Mark Harrod of the Corpus Christi Police Department, adding that every hit and run case is extremely important.

"We do have a hit and run section that is out looking every day. We have patrol officers that are out looking," Harrod said. "If we could just get help from the community, that would help us out. That's our best set of eyes, is everyone else out in the community helping us out."


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