Police car

Harker Heights police say the car involved in a fatal hit-and-run Sunday evening was found and the driver was questioned.

Sgt. Stephen Miller, Harker Heights police spokesman, confirmed that the driver of the Honda Element SUV which struck Mario M. Tobar at the intersection of South Amy Lane and Dale Earnhardt Drive voluntarily came in to the Harker Heights police station.

Mario M. Tobar

Mario M. Tobar

No arrests were made.

The driver “made a statement and was released for now,” Miller said.

The accident is under investigation, Miller added.

Tobar, 46, was taken to Seton Medical Center by ambulance after the accident, but died at the hospital. He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 7:45 p.m. Sunday evening.

Tobar was the father of 11 children and a grandfather of 19.

Nina Villa, Tobar’s sister, is finding it difficult to deal with the emotions.

“At this point, it’s hard to really get it out there,” she said.

Villa recalls her brother as “the life of our family. He always made a bad situation better.”

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.

“He was a good guy,” Villa continued. “He had his problems, but he was fixing his life. He was always there for his kids.”

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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RIP to the deceased.

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