Police: Man hit 2 Bowie High students with stolen Land Rover

Crime
Edward Tijerina

A 48-year-old man is accused of hitting two students around 8:30 a.m. March 27 in front of Bowie High School.

Police say Edward Tijerina hit the girls with a stolen Land Rover. 

Officers were called to the 4100 block of West Slaughter Lane — just east of MoPac Expressway — for the report of two pedestrians hit by a vehicle.

An arriving officer found one of the girls had an obvious injury to her left wrist and the other girl had an obvious injury to her left foot and ankle. Both told the officer they were in pain.

According to a police affidavit, dash cam footage from a witness showed Tijerina’s vehicle was facing northbound in the private driveway of Bowie High when he accelerated quickly into the intersection when the light turned green, hitting the girls in the crosswalk.

Police say he briefly came to a stop and then accelerated west on Slaughter. At no time did he get out of his vehicle, the affidavit said.

Officers found his vehicle in the 4500 block of Corran Ferry Loop, a neighborhood just north of the high school. 

A neighbor told police there was a man in her yard, where officers found Tijerina. A witness to the crash confirmed to police Tijerina was the driver who hit the two girls.

APD learned the Land Rover, with an estimated value of $64,600, was reported stolen from the parking garage of The Bowie, a downtown apartment tower.

Tijerina was booked into the Travis County Jail on March 27, where he remains. 

He has been charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and accident involving serious bodily injury. Previously, he was out on bond on charges of possession of a controlled substance, failure to identify and theft of property. 

Another Bowie High student was critically injured on Feb. 21 after being hit by a driver while walking on the sidewalk in front of the school. 

The driver in that crash stayed at the scene. 

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