The 15-year old driver involved in the Feb. 17 fatal vehicle collision on Arden Road has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of 28-year old Adrian Hernandez. The juvenile driver of San Angelo was arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center Wednesday, according to a press release from the San Angelo Police Department.
In the days following the deadly crash, investigators with the SAPD’s Traffic Section, Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations Section conducted a comprehensive investigation and obtained evidence to support the charge.
At the scene on Feb. 17, Sgt. Cade Solsbery, SAPD public information officer, said a 1998 tan Honda Accord, driven by Hernandez, was on Oxford Road turning westbound onto Arden Road. A tan 1992 Dodge 250 diesel, driven by the juvenile, was southbound at a high rate of speed and they collided in the intersection. The rate of speed had not been calculated at the time, but Solbery said that witness statements indicated it was well above the speed limit.
The impact sent the Honda into the yard of a nearby apartment complex between Oxford and Robin Hood Trail and the Dodge into a school zone signal light pole in front of the San Angelo Security building.
Hernandez had to be extracted from his vehicle and was transported to Shannon Medical Center where he later died because of his injuries. Investigators later determined the truck to be traveling approximately 25 miles over the posted speed limit just prior to the crash.
CID Detective Kelly LaJoie and Traffic Investigator Ed Hunger were the lead investigators on this case. The driver’s name is not releasable due to his juvenile status.