A Broaddus woman escaped serious injury on Saturday afternoon when she was hit by a car, which then fled the scene. The accident happened at about 2:30 on the parking lot of the Brookshire Brother's store at Highways 96 and 190 in Jasper.
67-year-old Earlene Read said that she was placing her groceries into her car when the driver of a late model silver Ford Taurus hit her and pinned her up against her car. A witness yelled at the driver, but he kept going and nearly hit a child, and another car as he fled the parking lot.
A witness gave police a description and license plate number of the car, and officers found the car and four occupants just minutes later at the Shady Hollow Trailer Park on South Wheeler Street. Officer Cody Christopher said the men had just gotten out of the car when he arrived, and one of them was fumbling with a set of keys, trying to get their trailer house door open.
Officer Mike Peters said the men were from Mexico, and none
Jasper Police quickly found the car that fled the accident, and they questioned four men. Photo by Steve W Stewart.
of them could produce paperwork to show that they were in the United States legally. Peters went on to say that none of them would admit to driving the car.
Peters said there was no choice but to release the men since the victim did not seek medical treatment, and also because Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commonly known as I.C.E., said that they did not have sufficient manpower to deal with the illegal aliens since there were no charges filed against them.