Sherry McCluer

A woman wanted in connection to the hit-and-run death of a 46-year-old man turned herself in Thursday, according to Harker Heights police spokesman Sgt. Steve Miller.

Sherry McCluer, 60, surrendered at 4:22 p.m. after a felony warrant for her arrest was issued on a charge of accident involving death, Miller said.

The accident happened on Nov. 5, when first responders went to a traffic accident in the 1100 block of South Amy Lane that involved a pedestrian. Mario M. Tobar was walking across the street at the intersection of Dale Earnhardt Drive when he was hit by the car that police said was driven by McCluer. He later died at Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights.

Tobar was the father of 11 children and a grandfather of 19. Nina Villa, his sister, told the Herald in November that he was the life of the family.

"He always made a bad situation better,” he said.

When their father died in April, 2016, Tobar saw Villa’s need to have a good laugh. “He put on a funny sombrero and danced around the room,” Villa said.

Harker Heights police learned that the car involved in the accident was a silver Honda Element after looking at video surveillance footage from a daycare nearby, according to the affidavit for arrest.

The footage shows the Honda travel south on South Amy Lane, enter the parking lot of the daycare, circle back to the area where Tobar was laying and come to a stop before leaving the scene, according to the affidavit.

When officers interviewed McCluer on Nov. 6, she said that something hit and cracked her windshield, so she turned around and went home, police said. 

McCluer was questioned after the incident, made a statement and was released from police custody in early November, according to Miller.

Miller said the case was presented to the District Attorney's office at that time, and the DA did not accept the charge until this week.

McCluer is in the Bell County Jail. She was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Her bond was set at $1 million.

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(2) comments


Good reading there Dave. The first sentence states it was a hit and run. Hope she spends the rest of her old life in prison.


Is Bill Cooke taking lessons from Claudia Brown? $1M bond!!?? She obviously didn't flee the accident and turned herself in. Why such a huge amount??

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