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Jun 7, 2014 7:44 PM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Husband Dead And Wife Critical After Hit And Run

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man is dead and a woman in critical condition after a hit and run last night.

The man, Ray Lopez, was pushing his wife down the side of the road in a wheelchair, when police said a drunk driver slammed into them from behind and then just kept on going.

Officers were able to find the driver's truck pretty quickly.

"Officers arrived at the scene, found the victims in the street," said CCPD Sergent Mark Herrod. "Then once they were taken care of, the officers actually went around the corner, and found the suspect's vehicle parked in an apartment complex, right around the corner."

Police arrested the female driver, 30-year-old Christine Griffin. She's facing several charges, including intoxication manslaughter.

Herrod said the victim's location, on the side of the road, put them at a higher risk of getting hit.

"It's a pretty dark area," he said. "And there is a sidewalk available, so it's not the best place to be."

He said the road conditions are just one factor of the crash, along with the suspicion of alcohol.

Griffin's bond is set at $570,000.

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