Police Contact Owner of Vehicle Involved in Weekend Hit and Run

There have been no arrests in the hit and run case involving local attorney Richard Leshin, but police have contacted the owner of the suspect vehicle.

A 2012 Ford Focus with damage to its front quarter panel was impounded Tuesday. Police said it belongs to well known environmental activist and namesake of the wildlife refuge on Ennis Joslin, Pat Suter.

The Suter family hired an attorney after police tracked down the owner of the car through the broken car parts left behind at the scene of the accident. That led police to the Suter home on Chamberlain, where they said they found what they believe is the car that hit Leshin.

"Somebody didn't stop and render aid, and that's a felony," said Commander John Houston of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "When you fail to stop and you caused injury to an individual, and you didn't stay, that's a felony. Now we just have to find out all the logistics behind it, like what happened, who did it. Sometimes we're able to. Just because we got the car doesn't mean we always get the driver."

Neither Pat Suter or the family's attorney were available for comment.

Police said they are not sure who was driving Suter's car at the time of the accident on Saturday morning. They said there is a chance they may never know if they can't piece together enough evidence to tie them to the scene.


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