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A Texas man has been accused of running over his ex-wife with his pickup truck as she walked down the road, then returning to the scene to try to offer her help as she lay dying.
David Estrada, 30, has been arrested for murder in the death of his ex-wife, Dominga Estrada, 33, after police said he “intentionally” ran her over Saturday morning, according to a statement from police obtained by Oxygen.com.
San Antonio police were called to the scene of a “major accident” at 2:29 a.m. Saturday and found the victim unresponsive and “laying on the side of the roadway” with multiple lacerations on her legs.
Police found David Estrada “trying to assist” his ex-wife at the scene, according to the statement.
Dominga was transported to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m., police said.
Witnesses told police they had seen a black truck run over Dominga as she was walking southbound along Spur Valley road, before the truck fled the scene.
As their investigation continued, police “began to suspect” that David had been the driver of the pickup and detained him at the scene of the accident. Investigators discovered his truck near the scene of the crime and had it examined by crime scene investigators.
Police determined that Dominga “had been run over intentionally” and arrested David and booked him for murder.
Jennifer S. Rodriguez, a senior public information officer for the San Antonio Police Department, declined to release any further details about the crime to Oxygen.com, including any information about what may have transpired between the former couple leading up to fatal crash.
On Sunday evening, Dominga’s friends and family gathered at the roadway where she lost her life for a candlelight vigil, according to local station KSAT.
“She was full of joy and just lit up the room,” her older sister Michele Briseno said.
Briseno told local station WOIA-TV that Dominga had been the youngest of six siblings and had loved the color red.
Others at the vigil remembered her as someone with a “golden heart” who was “always there when you needed her” and was a “woman of character.”
“You can never know what was going to happen with her when she was around you,” one family member said, according to KSAT. “If you were down, she would pick you up and if you were up, she could put you down. It’s crazy.”
Briseno said although police have alleged that Dominga was struck “intentionally,” her family is still waiting to learn more details about the investigation.
“He was loved the same way she was loved,” Briseno told KSAT. “I mean, I have anger, but at the same time love. All I can hope for was the best.”
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