San Benito police arrest woman for fatal auto-pedestrian accident

SAN BENITO — San Benito Police arrested a Harlingen woman Thursday in connection to the auto-pedestrian death of Willie Lee Williams, 46, in July, according to a statement released by the city of San Benito.

According to the report, Ivonne Guajardo, 30,  turned herself into police after a warrant for her arrest had been issued by San Benito Municipal Court Judge Benjamin Yudesis.

Guajardo is being charged with accident involving death, a second-degree felony, the release states. Upon her arrest she was placed in the San Benito City Jail, awaiting arraignment and bond.

“This arrest comes after many long hours of investigation by the San Benito Police Department whose officers worked hard to find and follow-up on information needed to make an arrest in this case. We would also like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance in actively processing the car that was involved,” interim Police Chief Fred Bell wrote in a statement.

Williams was walking to work at a Denny’s the night of July 21 when he was struck and killed by a motorist. Authorities discovered his body in the 2200 block of West Expressway 83 in San Benito and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:43 a.m.

The release states that Williams’ family has been notified of the arrest and that the case will be turned over to the Cameron County District Attorney’s office for review and disposition.