SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The witness of a suspected hit and run that left one woman dead is speaking out after he helped lead police to an arrest.
Court documents say police arrested 39-year-old Armando Cubriel thanks to witness Daniel Scott.
The hit and run happened on Sept. 26, according to an affidavit. Cubriel is accused of hitting and killing 49-year-old Nelda Chancy Peddle in San Marcos.
According to an arrest report, Cubriel was drunk. The report said Scott saw Cubriel hit Peddle and drive off. Scott reportedly followed Cubriel about five minutes around the corner to a car wash, where police later arrested Cubriel.
“I just knew the family, they would want the closure,” Scott said. “I felt like I had a chance to do the right thing.”
KXAN has reached out to Cubriel’s attorney and is waiting to hear back.
The hit-and-run for Scott, who is a Texas State Graduate Student, is something he never imagined he’d see with his own eyes.
“I get out of my car, and I take like two steps, and I noticed he started gathering his stuff,” Scott said. “He throws his bumper in his car, and then he speeds off.”
Scott said he noticed Cubriel driving erratically, but thought maybe he was just in a rush. According to Scott, shortly after he saw him hit Peddle.
Scott called 911.
“I was like ma’am he’s driving off and she [the operator] was like, ‘Do you have his license plate?,'” Scott said.
Because Scott didn’t have that information, that is the reason he decided to follow Cubriel. During a pursuit, Scott told KXAN it didn’t seem like Cubriel was aware who he was, or that he witnessed what happened.
“I’m so glad that someone took it upon themselves to really make sure the right thing happened,” another witness, Marisa Alexander said.
According to Alexander, she was working nearby, and saw the aftermath of everything.
“My thoughts and prayers are with that family of course,” she said. “My heart just broke a little bit for them.”
As the family mourns Peddle’s loss, Scott too, mourns with them.
“What kind of threw me for a loop is that the individual [Cubriel] didn’t show any remorse,” Scott said.
Among Cubriel’s charges are intoxication manslaughter, accident involving death, tampering with physical evidence, resisting search and retaliation.