A Grayson County grand jury indicted Veneranda Diaz-Torres Wednesday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death related to the April 10th death of Jeren Green.
Mr. Green was struck and killed while walking on the northbound access road of Highway 75 in Sherman, according to a statement from Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.
Brown said the charge of leaving the scene of an accident is a second degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine. Diaz-Torres was also indicted on a third degree felony charge of tampering with evidence, which is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Arrest warrants are outstanding for both charges against Diaz-Torres. Brown said authorities believe that Diaz-Torres is currently in Mexico and evading arrest.
“The Sherman Police Department and Grayson County District Attorney’s Office continue to work with the United States Marshalls and other federal authorities to secure Dias-Torres’ arrest and extradition,” Brown said.
An affidavit filed in the case said police were called to the 1300 block of South Sam Rayburn Freeway on April 10 after police received a call about a person found in the roadway. Officers located a man who was later identified as Mr. Green lying in the grass on the west shoulder of the roadway.
The document said officers also found debris in the area, which indicated Mr. Green had been struck by a car. Officers then traced a paint color found in the debris back to a vehicle made by Nissan. Staff at a local Nissan dealer were able to tell the police that the parts found at the scene came from a Nissan Maxima and that the car was painted “gunmetal metallic.”
Officers also found that surveillance video at a business near the site of the crash showed a dark colored passenger car traveling north on South Sam Rayburn strike Mr. Green as he was walking the same direction along the west side of the roadway.
“The vehicle never slowed down prior to the impact and failed to stop after the crash,” officer Rob Ballow said in the affidavit.
Police later found the car they believe struck Mr. Green parked behind a home in the 200 block of West Wilson Street, the affidavit said.
“We are hopeful that Ms. Diaz-Torres will be returned here soon,” Brown said in the statement. “These charges are not related to causing the death of Mr. Green, as the evidence does not support any type of homicide charge. Unfortunately, Mr. Green was walking the wrong way, in a lane of traffic, at nighttime, wearing dark clothing and with earphones in his ears. We cannot prove that Ms. Diaz-Tores was reckless or criminally negligent in regard to the collision that killed Mr. Green. However, every person who is involved in an accident where someone could be injured is required to stay and provide information, and to provide reasonable assistance. She did not do that, and in fact, tried to cover up the incident and actively concealed evidence. That is what these charges are about.”
Mr. Green’s obituary shows that he had 11 children. He worked for Midwest Provision Food Services at Tyson Foods in Sherman. Court records show that Diaz-Torres does not currently have an attorney.