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Police identify man killed in Midland auto-pedestrian accident

The Midland Police Department has identified 64-year-old Roberto Enriquez as the man hit and killed by a truck this morning.
Published: May. 10, 2021 at 7:55 AM CDT|Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 1:12 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - The Midland Police Department has identified 64-year-old Roberto Enriquez as the man hit and killed by a truck this morning.

The Midland Police Department has responded to about 132 incidents where pedestrians were hit by a car over the past three years.

Since Friday, there have been two accidents involving pedestrians, and both were fatal.

“Our last words - and it gives me the chills - I picked him up last Thursday for breakfast, and I told him I said Bobby, you’re going to get hit by a car. I said you got to stop walking across the street,” said Tim Cline, a volunteer for Breaking Bread Ministry.

Roberto Enriquez, who was affectionately referred to as Bobby by his friends, was hit and killed by a privately owned trash truck Monday morning.

He was a regular at businesses near Midkiff and Wall Street and frequented Breaking Bread Ministries, an organization that serves Midland’s homeless community.

That’s how he met volunteer Tim Cline, who says he considered Enriquez, a close friend.

“My heart dropped. It was like a grandfather got killed. It hurts because I’ve made a lot of close relationships out here with some of these guys. These guys are my family, and I love them very much. It’s a pretty sad day for me,” said Cline.

Investigators say that Enriquez was in the roadway when he was hit by the trash truck.

Midland Police Department’s sergeant of the traffic division says Enriquez standing in the roadway was the cause of another collision at the same intersection last week.

“This morning, I get a call, get to the scene, and it’s the guy I just talked to Thursday. Sometimes we get a little attached to the people even though we have to deal with them, not necessarily in a positive way. We’re trying to protect them. We’re trying to get them to stay out of the road because we know what could happen,” said Sergeant Ed Marker.

People who knew Enriquez say that he will be greatly missed.

The investigation into the crash that caused his death is ongoing.

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