Man sentenced to 20 years for intoxication manslaughter, failure to render aid for 2018 hit-and-run

Darrell Shane Smitty (Booking photo is from a 2016 arrest)

A plea deal has led to a 20-year prison sentence for a man who struck and killed another man with his truck before fleeing the scene. 

On the morning of August 1, 2018, 53-year-old Darrell Shane Smitty struck a man, 40-year-old Ernesto Garcia, who was walking towards a bus stop in the area. According to witnesses, Smitty drove his pick-up truck around the bus onto the sidewalk, striking Garcia. 

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A video captured by CapMetro shows Smitty exiting his vehicle, walking over to the victim and then returning to his vehicle before fleeing the scene. Garcia died of his injuries. 


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Police were able to track down Smitty after he later went to Dell Medical Center at the University of Texas to seek medical attention. He was arrested the following morning. 

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In a plea deal with the Travis County District Attorney's Office, Smitty pled guilty to intoxication manslaughter and failing to render aid in connection in a hit-and-run. 

The case was prosecuted by Travis County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Foye with the Vehicular Crimes Special Prosecution Unit. “This case serves as a tragic reminder that everyone has a responsibility for each other’s safety on the roads of our community and that everyone has a legal duty to remain at the scene of a collision. If you do not remain, you can and will face an additional criminal charge for leaving,” Foye said.