Harlingen teen's prize hog injured by hit-and-run driver
Sat, 21 Jan 2012 00:57:23 GMT —
Connie Thomas was hoping her 17 year-old daughter would win a much needed $17,000 dollar scholarship at this year's Mercedes Livestock Show.
But now that dream has been completely crashed into.
You know you hope to win, said Thomas. She has pretty good potential of winning and doing well. This is money for scholarships and now she's only got one year left to try.
Late Monday night, a car crashed into the fence on her property causing hundreds of dollars in damage.
At the end of this fence is her daughter's show hog.
As a result of the accident, Ariel's hind foot was injured.
Now the chances of Ariel winning or placing at the stock show are slim.
"We are hopeful and we are praying for god's miracle at this point that she will be ok, said Thomas holding back tears. At this point it does not look good from what we've been told.
Connie has been living by Baker Potts Road in Harlingen for more than 20 years. She said the street has always been fairly quiet.
However just this month there have been two accidents on this same road. You can still see the tire marks from those accidents and the one that damaged her home.
"I woke up and they were in the yard, said Thomas. While I was on the phone with 9-1-1 they were able to get out of the fence.
Because Connie's property is in a dispute between being in the county or city line, she says getting emergency personnel to respond takes longer than usual.
By the time DPS arrived to her home the vehicle was gone.
Along with the chances of her daughter receiving a scholarship for college.
Connie was able to recover a corner piece of the car that struck her fence.
She took it to a dealership where they told her it belonged to a 2003 2004 Ford Explorer, dark gray in color.