Judge reduces bond for accused hit-and-run driver

A man Mission police say fled to Mexico after hitting and killing a 22-year-old man who was working on his car on the side of the highway July 27 has had his $250,000 bond reduced.

On Monday morning, 332nd state District Judge Mario E. Ramirez reduced 22-year-old Mauro Esparza’s bond to $75,000, court records show.

Mauro, who turned himself into Mission police nearly two days after the accident, is charged with accident involving death over accusations he hit and killed 22-year-old Jesus Zamudio in the 900 block of West Interstate 2 after a night of drinking in downtown McAllen with his cousin, who is also charged in the case.

His cousin, Ruby Esparza, is charged with failure to report a felony causing serious bodily injury or death and bailed out of Hidalgo County Jail on a $5,000 bond after turning herself in.

After his arrest, Mauro told investigators that he and Ruby, who said she was asleep at the time of the accident, were traveling westbound on IH-2 when he crashed with a KIA Sportage, according to a probable cause affidavit.

“(Mauro Esparza) stated he knew he hit a car but was unaware he hit a pedestrian,” the complaint read.

The Mustang police say Mauro drove that night showed damage to the windshield and front-right fender area, which contained blood, strands of hair and other human tissue, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Ruby told investigators the crash woke her up and when she asked Mauro what happened, he told her he had hit a vehicle, according to the complaint.

If Mauro makes bond, Judge Ramirez ordered him into the Alternative Incarceration Program, which requires strict supervision, court documents indicate.

Mauro may not travel outside Hidalgo County without written permission and would be considered an escapee if he is unaccounted for, according to the order, for more than two hours.

As of Monday afternoon, Mauro remained incarcerated, jail records reflect.