FRISCO, Texas — UPDATE — A Frisco Centennial High School graduate and Texas A&M student has died, days after being struck by an alleged intoxicated driver as she walked home from a friend's house, a family spokesperson confirmed in a statement.
On September 14, 2019, 19-year-old Carly Beatty, a sophomore at Texas A&M University College Station, was struck by 17-year-old Pedro Puga, who police say was unlicensed and intoxicated.
"After extensive surgeries and life-saving efforts, Carly lost her fight to recover from her injuries today. Words cannot describe our sorrow and feeling of loss," read the family's statement issued Sunday morning.
Puga left the scene of the crash and later fled from officers when they found his vehicle in a nearby parking lot. He was arrested and released the next day after posting $26,000 in bonds, according to Brazos County Jail records. He was arrested again on September 20, 2019, for possession of marijuana, tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. He remains jailed on bonds totaling $252,000.
Puga's adult criminal history in Brazos County includes arrests for burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, and the latest charges related to the crash which include accident involving serious bodily injury, evading arrest, and intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury. His juvenile records, if any, were not available due to his age.
"As we look to the heavens, we know that Carly's life has touched many. A kind and generous girl, loved by her family including mom, dad, and two older brothers growing up in Frisco, Texas, as well as her extended family and friends. She enjoyed her church, her sorority Kappa Delta, and being a staff member for the Freshman Leadership Organization ("FLOC") at A&M. Her love for animals caused her to rescue many homeless pets, volunteer at the SPCA, and study veterinary science at A&M. Carly's joyful and loving spirit will be missed by many.
We are deeply touched by all of you who have reached out to our family with caring and support during this difficult time. We are grateful beyond measure and hope that you will join us in celebrating Carly’s life at her memorial service. Date and time to be announced."
ORIGINAL [Sept. 17] — A Frisco Centennial High School graduate and Texas A&M student is in critical condition after being struck by an alleged 17-year-old intoxicated driver in College Station on Saturday, according to police.
Around 2:04 a.m., on Saturday, September 14, 2019, the College Station Police Department and fire department were dispatched to the area of Texas Avenue and University Drive where a vehicle reportedly struck a pedestrian and left the scene, failing to render aid.
Responding police officers located the vehicle and, after a brief foot chase with the driver, arrested 17-year-old Pedro Puga of Bryan, Texas, for intoxication assault, failure to stop and render aid, and evading arrest or detention.
The victim, identified by friends and family on Facebook as Carly Beatty, was transported to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center where, as of last check on Monday afternoon, remains in critical condition with what were described as incapacitating injuries.
The College Station Police Department is continuing to the investigate the crash and is asking for information from the public on where Puga allegedly received any alcohol and/or drugs. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the College Station Police Department at (979) 764-3600. Anonymous tips may be directed to Brazos County Crime Stoppers at (979) 775-8477, or online at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=118&C=333333
A Facebook Fundraiser Page was established to assist Beatty with medical expenses. As of Tuesday afternoon, $56,000 of a $100,000 goal had been raised.