FLORESVILLE, Texas - Police and family members are wondering how someone could run over a local man, drag his body for nearly three blocks, and never stop to help. Police are now asking for help to solve this mysterious hit-n-run.
The dragging death of 54- year old Richard De Leon, known as “Tiger” has shaken up the small town. They simply can't imagine how a beloved, disabled man could have died such a brutal death with nobody coming forward as to who may be responsible.
Myra Trevino, Richard’s niece said, “It gets me upset because how can you just leave someone, and you know try to at least render, get help, it's very hurtful”.
Trevino received a call early this Saturday morning. She was told her uncle was found dead in the middle of the road at the corner of A-street and Second street. Police said he was run over just feet from his house, but was then dragged three blocks.
Detective George Ortiz, with the Floresville Police Department said, “It was a cowardly act, hitting someone and then dragging them as far as they did and just leaving the scene, not even stopping to see if he was alright or dialing 911 is just cowardly”.
Detective Ortiz added that Richard had sort of been adopted by some in the police department. When the police chief and some of the officers saw him on any given morning they would buy him breakfast tacos. In return, since "Tiger" loved to sing, he would serenade them with his beloved mariachi tunes.
The police department made a donation to the family to help pay for funeral expenses. Other donations can be made directly to Franklin Funeral Home in Richard de Leon's name.
Meanwhile, police said while they have not made any arrest, they do have a person of interest.