Family of hit-and-run victim involving police officer seeking justice

The victim, Eduardo Vasquez (Courtesy: KFOX)

A former El Paso police officer is behind bars in connection with a deadly hit-and-run that took place on New Year’s Day, officials said.

With help from the public, authorities have arrested former El Paso police Officer Roberto Garcia.

Garcia was charged with two counts: accident involving death and tampering/fabricating evidence.

The victim is identified as 37-year-old Eduardo Vasquez.

Norma and Delia Vasquez said they were heartbroken when the heard the news about their brother’s death.

"We've been hurting these eight months. It’s been hard for us not knowing," said Norma Vasquez.

The Vasquez sisters said they were shocked to learn that the suspect was an officer at the Westside Regional Command Center.

"It’s sad. Just the fact that if he knew about the law, he didn't come forward to admit that he was the one that did that crime," said Delia Vasquez.

The Vasquez family said they want Garcia to be held accountable for his actions.

"Somebody that knows the law did not stop to render aid is crucial to the community. It's not right," said Norma Vasquez.

As the Vasquez family continues to mourn the loss of their loved one, they said they will not stop until justice is served.

"He needs to pay for what he did. He needs to pay for not stopping. He needs to pay for putting us through this," said Norma Vasquez.

Garcia is still in police custody and as of Wednesday, has been relieved of his duty as an El Paso police officer.

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