Jogger's alleged killer goes on trial
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 05:12:56 GMT —
It's been nearly a year-and-a-half since Eddie Polanco was run over as he was training for a marathon on Highway 100.
His wife Kara Polanco, continues to seek justice for his death and wants changes on Highway 100.
"It's all about my son because, you know, I can live for him, but it's going to be difficult to tell him that this happened when he's older, Polanco said.
Polanco can't hold back the tears each time she thinks of how she will explain to her young son Evan, That he will have to grow-up without his father.
Eddie Polanco was jogging along Highway 100 in March 2012, when out of nowhere, a convertible mustang plowed into him, killing him, then sped off.
Authorities arrested Juan Carlos Garcia and charged him with negligent criminal homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident.
His trial is set to begin Monday.
"Runners and bikers, they have a right to the road, they have a right to be on the highway, and we're talking about Highway 100, not an expressway - this is a road."
Despite Polanco TMs belief that Garcia was intoxicated when he ran over her husband, lab results came back negative, and Garcia is not facing any drunk driving charges.
"It's really hard to believe that he had nothing in his system, Polanco said. I saw the DPS video two days ago, and it's really shocking."
Highway 100 has proven deadly on more than one occasion, and that's why Polanco is working with the Department of Public Safety to try and make some changes - for one - she'd like to see roll-strips put in.
"If a driver falls asleep that noise will be made, so that they can wake up, Polanco said. I think if that was in place now, or when my husband was running, he might still be here."
While DPS gathers data and looks for funds to add the roll strips, Polanco is also urging Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz and local law enforcement to get tougher on the road, especially when it comes to drunk driving.
"Unfortunately our state doesn TMt allow (check points), but if off the highway, when people are coming from the Island, they can set-up something, Polanco said. It could be seasonal, even just Spring Break or summer, where they stop people where accidents are the highest."
Polanco already has a statement prepared in case she gets the chance to address her husband's alleged killer at the end of the trial.
She hopes the trial will be a speedy but just one, so that she and her son can begin to piece their lives back together.