Two sisters from Frisco were killed over the weekend when their family’s sedan was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Hays County Saturday night.
Hays County Justice of the Peace Beth Smith said 18-year-old Hayden Weissman and 16-year-old Payton Weissman died at the scene of the crash.
Both were wearing their seat belts and riding in the backseat, according to Kyle police.
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Officials with the Frisco Independent School District said both sisters attended Wakeland High School in Frisco. Students were not in school Monday due to a staff development day, but counselors would be available when classes resume Tuesday.
Fellow Wakeland student Lissy Gil said the news was devastating. Gil said she knew Hayden from English class and said the teen was exceptionally kind.
"Last year, I was new to Wakeland. My first day in English class, she could tell. She came to me and she said, 'I can tell you're new. Where are you from?' She just started a conversation with me," Gil said. "You wanted to be her friend. It's just hard knowing she's not going to be there anymore."
Smith said another sister in the vehicle, their father and a friend were also injured. The Kyle Fire Department said all three were stable when rescuers took them to the hospital, they were expected to survive their injuries. Their current conditions are not known.
Kyle police said 61-year-old Macario Hernandez hit the family's sedan then ran away from the scene. He's in the Hayes County Jail, held on bonds totaling $450,000. He's facing two counts of Accident Causing Death and three counts of Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury.
The cause of the crash has not been confirmed and police said additional charges may be added once the results of toxicology tests are completed.