Family seeks answers in death of pedestrian in Fort Worth

04/22/2014 3:35 PM

04/22/2014 3:36 PM

Vicky Hernandez didn’t have many answers Tuesday as she made funeral arrangements for her 22-year-old son.

Stephen Hernandez was on Texas 360 near Trinity Boulevard in far east Fort Worth just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a sport utility vehicle hit him.

“I have no idea what he was doing there,” said Vicky Hernandez, who lives in Arlington. “I know where that area is, but no one has told me what he was doing there.”

Vicky Hernandez was out of town and learned Monday that her son was killed.

“I was just driving back into town when I heard that he had been killed,” she said. “Police haven’t told me much.”

Stephen Hernandez was on the busy freeway when the southbound SUV hit him in the 4200 block of Texas 360, police said. The driver stopped and was interviewed by officers and eventually released, police said.

Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:08 p.m. Sunday, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reports.

“It appeared that he was crossing … 360 east to west in the right lane,” Fort Worth police Sgt. Cynthia Blake said Tuesday in an email. “We do not know where he was coming from or going at the time. We did not locate a vehicle in the area.”

Stephen Hernandez was the father of two girls, 2-year-old Sophia and 13-month-old Catalina.

He was the son of former Arlington police officer Enrique “Henry” Hernandez, who retired from the force in 2003 and now works in law enforcement in the Brownsville area.

Stephen Hernandez was a 2010 graduate of Los Fresnos High School in South Texas, his mother said.

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