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Local Man Arrested for Teen’s Death in Hit-and-Run

Hit and Run
Fernando Peralta-Berrios | Image by North Richland Hills Police Department

North Richland Hills police have arrested a suspect believed to have run over a teenage boy and left him for dead on a highway in mid-May.

A news release from the North Richland Hills Police Department (NRHPD) on Monday announced that 32-year-old Fernando Peralta-Berrios had been arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter and collision involving personal injury or death — both of which are second-degree felonies.

NRHPD had been looking for a suspect in this fatal hit-and-run, which occurred in the 8600 block of Airport Freeway on May 16 at about 8:47 p.m. The victim, 16-year-old Luis Luna, had been struck while crossing the road by a suspect traveling eastbound.

First responders took Luna to Cooks Children’s Medical Center, where he later died. Luna, a resident of Irving, had been attending a concert with his brother at the time of the crash.

Luna’s cousin, Leo Galvan, told NBC 5 DFW that Peralta-Berrios’ arrest would not bring the boy back but would bring “some type of peace.”

NRHPD detectives were aided by the TRACE division of the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission — peace officers with the specific mandate of helping law enforcement investigate alcohol-related emergencies resulting in serious bodily injury.

Peralta-Berrios was issued a bond of $250,000 for each of his two charges.

In 2021, Peralta-Berrios ran for the District 9 seat on the Fort Worth City Council, which was eventually won by Elizabeth Beck. A human resources specialist for the Texas National Guard, Peralta-Berrios once touted various community-based activities, including serving as the Las Families de Rosemont Neighborhood Association president and civic engagement co-chair for the SteerFW young leaders organization.

Intoxication manslaughter offenses have been reported across North Texas this past year, some notable for being particularly gruesome or tragic.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia recently teamed up with Council Member Paula Blackmon, representing District 9, in a PSA aimed at reducing speeding in East Dallas, as covered in The Dallas Express.

Dallas, as a whole, regularly appears on lists ranking the most dangerous places to drive in the United States. While data from the Texas Department of Transportation shows that there were three fatal collisions occurring in North Richland Hills last year, Dallas logged 196. Of these crashes, two of those in North Richland Hills involved alcohol, whereas 64 did in Dallas.

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