Police investigate possible hit and run in Texas firefighter's fatal crash

Police recovered a license plate from the scene and tracked down the driver. But no one has been arrested as the case remains open


Cesar Rodriguez
Laredo Morning Times, Texas

LAREDO, Texas — Authorities said they continue to investigate the factors that led up to a motorcycle crash that killed a Laredo firefighter on Sunday.

Investigators are talking to people who were witnesses or may have been involved in the accident, according to police.

Police are reviewing several pieces of evidence as they continue piecing the case together to determine how many vehicles were involved in the crash, said Investigator Joe E. Baeza, LPD spokesman.

The crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of South Interstate 35. Upon arrival, they found Rolando "Roli" Solis, 37, had crashed while riding a motorcycle. Police said he was wearing a helmet.

Authorities have said that a vehicle may have hit Solis and fled the scene. Police recovered a license plate from the scene and tracked down the driver. But no one has been arrested as the case remains open.

Aidan Alvarado, acting president of the Laredo Fire Fighters Local 872, added that Solis' firefighter brothers who responded to the incident handled the case professionally.

Solis, a 16-year Fire Department veteran, was the president of the Laredo Fire Fighters Local 872.

 

The men and women of the Laredo Fire Fighters Association mourn the passing of Laredo firefighter Rolando “Roli” Solis....

Posted by Laredo Firefighters Local 872 on Sunday, July 15, 2018

"Our heart goes out to the family of 'Roli' Solis," Alvarado said. "The membership will greatly miss him. He was one of those guys who would always brought a smile to your face.

"If you were his friend, he would give you the shirt off his back to help you in whatever he could."

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