MISSION — A local TV reporter and her photographer were hospitalized after their work vehicle was struck by a speeding vehicle Monday morning.
Telemundo 40 reporter and weekend anchor Denisse Salinas and photographer JJ Ramos were rushed to a local hospital for treatment. While Ramos was released Monday, Salinas told The Monitor that internal injuries would keep her in the hospital for a few days.
The vehicle from Telemundo 40 was traveling westbound along the Expressway 83 frontage road when it was struck by a 2003 maroon GMC Envoy that also struck two other vehicles, said Cpl. Manuel Casas, Mission police spokesman. The driver of the Envoy fled the scene at a high speed, and authorities were working to track him down.
“We have a partial license plate (number) of ‘R34,’” Casas said.
The driver of the Envoy, who was described as a light-skinned man in his 20s, was also driving westbound on the frontage road when he struck a white vehicle that was towing a trailer, then went around and struck the Telemundo vehicle causing it to roll over four times, and then struck a third car before fleeing the area, Casas said.
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