AUSTIN (KXAN) — As a 24-year-old hit-and-run victim recovers from serious injuries, her family is not only blaming the driver who hit her, but also a court.
In the early morning hours of March 26, Jaharva Sifuentes and her friend were loading up items into a legally parked car at the corner of East Seventh Street and Nueces Street when 35-year-old Philip Tomber ran into a parked vehicle and pushed it into the two women. Police say Tomber left the scene of the crash, but was later apprehended after a chase on Interstate 35.
Almost a week after the crash, Sifuentes is still in the hospital recovering from her leg injuries.
“It’s an emotional roller coaster. One day I was fine, the next day I’m here in bed and in the hospital for a whole week,” says Jaharva while lying in her hospital bed. Jaharva says she doesn’t remember much from that night and everything happened really fast.
“She can’t walk. She’s been having three surgeries and it’s killing me as a mom,” says Jaharva’s mother Ana Hernandez.
Tomber is currently in the Travis County Jail charged with failure to stop and render aid, evading arrest and intoxication assault. Police records indicate his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit to drive.
The victim’s family attorney says Tomber was convicted of DWI last year and the court should have made sure he could not get behind the wheel drunk.
“If that court would have required that intoxalyzer, this never would have happened,” says Hernandez.
Jaharva’s friend, Adrianna Vidal, was also injured in the crash.