On Friday, February 6, 2015, at approximately 6:15 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of North Emerson and East Harris.
It was learned from witnesses that the driver of one of the involved vehicles, a black 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, had fled the scene. The other vehicle involved was a red 2007 Chrysler 300, operated by Sharon Ortiz, DOB 01-15-64. Ortiz sustained incapacitating injury during the crash and was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment by San Angelo Fire Department Medics. There is no further information on her condition at this time.
Evidence at the scene of the crash and witnesses helped identify Gabel Barrera, DOB 12-19-74, as the driver of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. It was learned by Officers investigating the crash that Barrera was arrested for Public Intoxication at 302 N Main after he fled the scene of the crash and prior to it being known he was the driver from the hit-and-run.
Police learned, through investigation, Ortiz had been driving west on East Harris and Barrera was driving south on North Emerson. Barrera disregarded the stop sign at the intersection and collided with Ortiz who was already in the intersection. It was also learned that Barrera had collided with two other vehicles that were parked and unoccupied in the 100 block of N Emerson prior to the collision with Ortiz.
Barrera was issued citations for Disregard Stop Sign, Expired Drivers License, and No Insurance. Barrera was also charged with Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle causing Serious Bodily Injury.