Sugarland man arrested in connection with AC student's 2009 death

Christopher Salazar mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Christopher Salazar mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Sugarland man was driving approximately 96 miles-per-hour at the time he hit and killed an Angelina College student last year, according to a police spokesman.

Det. J.B. Smith said a warrant was issued for Christopher Salazar's arrest following a grand jury indictment in February. Jail records show Salazar was arrested Thursday and he bonded out the same day.

According to a previous report, Salazar, 22, was driving his car southbound on south First Street on April 6 in the inside lane when Brandon Hart, 19, of Woodville, was crossing the highway on foot and ran out in front of traffic.

Police say Salazar swerved, but was unable to avoid colliding with Hart. Hart was transported to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Smith said skid mark measurements determined Salazar was traveling at approximately 96 miles-per-hour when he struck Hart.

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