A man who was expected to appear in court on Tuesday did not show and was arrested Thursday at a home on the 3200 block of Beaver Circle.
According to the Bell County Sheriff's Department, 21-year-old Juan DeLeon failed to appear in court after he was expected to enter a guilty plea for killing a 16-year-old girl after a hit-and-run. The warrant came through to the sheriff's office on Wednesday.
Rachael Westberg, 16, a student at Belton New Tech High School died after a hit-and-run on Jan. 20, according to Belton ISD.
The Belton Police Department said the 16-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle on N. Industrial Park Rd.
Westburg was declared legally brain dead. Her family said she will be donating her organs, according to a GoFundMe.
Police said the girl was jogging in the area around 7:10 p.m. when DeLeon hit her and did not stop. A passing driver saw the girl on the ground and contacted police.
Police identified DeLeon as a suspect 2 hours after the accident.
Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon released the following statement:
Rachael Westberg will always be remembered as a sweet and caring young lady who was loved by her peers. She was a member of the Belton High School Bel Canto Choir and was known for her beautiful voice and being a dedicated student."
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