Hit-and-run siblings out on bond while victim remains in the ICU

Gilbert Perez

Before September 9th, Gilbert Perez was like any normal 21-year-old.

He liked to draw, dance and babysit his nieces and nephews.

Gilbert hoped to work in the oil fields someday.

Now, he's just fighting to stay alive.

"First thing I thought was that he was dead," Jessica Herrera said.

Jessica hasn't been able to talk to her brother since he was hit by a car.

Gilbert remains sedated in the Intensive Care Unit at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville with broken legs, a ruptured liver, swollen brain and injured spinal cord, according to Jessica.

She says machines help her younger brother to breath.

Jessica wants justice.

"They should have just stopped," she said about the suspects in the case. "They could have called the ambulance or the police and it would have been better for them but they took off and they left him there like a dog."

Victor and Kacie Garcia, siblings, have been charged in connection to the case.

Victor is accused of hitting the alleged victim who was walking along the 1100 block of Southbound Expressway 77.

Kacie is accused of switching seats with her brother after the hit and run so he wouldn't go to jail.

Brownsville police say they were both drunk.

There was a strong odor of alcohol emitted from the vehicle, according to the arresting officer.

Jessica says Gilbert was walking along the expressway after a friend kicked him out of the car following an argument.

His sister recognizes that was a bad decision but says it was even worse for somebody to get behind the wheel drunk.

"People should focus on why they just left him there to die," she said.

And while Jessica has yet to hear her brother's voice, she'll continue to talk to him in the hospital and pray for his improved health.

The suspects are out on bond.

Victor Garcia is charged with intoxication assault.

Kacie Garcia, who's a Cameron County jailer, is facing DWI and tampering with evidence charges.

Sheriff Omar Lucio tells Action 4 News that she will remain on the job pending the results of this case.

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