DONNA – A man who sold newspapers at a Donna intersection died near his post early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle.
Jesus Molina, an independent subcontractor who sold The Monitor, was hit by a car while crossing the street near Farm-to-Market Road 493 and Expressway 83 about 5 a.m. Sunday, said police Chief Ruben De Leon. He died at the scene.
Molina was crossing the street away from the crosswalk and the driver did not see him, De Leon said.
Police are still deciding whether to press charges, but “it doesn’t seem like (the driver) was doing anything wrong,” De Leon said.
“We’re trying to conclude the investigation,” De Leon said. “He didn’t appear to be intoxicated. He was ready to go to work. He didn’t see the man. It was real dark.”
The driver stopped, tried to render aid and called 9-1-1, De Leon said.
“The Monitor is deeply saddened by the tragic accident that took the life of Jesus Molina, a hard-working independent subcontractor who sold newspapers," Monitor Publisher Stephan Wingert said. "He was well liked by and valued by the community he served and will be missed.”
Gail Burkhardt covers Mission, western Hidalgo County, Starr County and general assignments for The Monitor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (956) 683-4462.
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