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Bond posted for passenger in M Streets hit-and-run

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One of the suspects jailed in connection with a crash that killed a teenager last month has been released from custody.

Bond was posted for Rogelio Avila, 24, who police believe was a passenger in the van that struck and killed Ethan Vasquez last month in the M Streets in Dallas. Avila had been jailed and his bail set at $25,000 after being arrested on a probation violation.

Dagoberto Castanon, 25, and Avila were both arrested in Florida just days after the crash occurred.

Dallas police said in a statement Monday afternoon they are aware a bond reduction hearing was held last Friday, and Avila was able to bond out of jail.

"We continue to work with the Dallas County District Attorney's office for a successful prosecution of Ethan Vasquez's murderers," police said.

Avila's attorney said Monday that while Avila was arrested for murder, he was not charged with any crime connected to the deadly hit-and-run.

The reason Avila is out is contained in a docket document. In it, Avila's attorney wrote, “…bond set at $25,000 per agreement between Assistant D.A. Jennifer Bennett and Defense Counsel...Bond agreement set because Avila was a passenger in the car...may not be facing murder charges (per D.A.).”

Conditions of Avila's probation include remaining in Dallas County and not committing any new offenses. He can have no communication with the victim's family, cannot consume alcohol or drugs and cannot possess a deadly weapon.

Attorney Anthony Farmer is not involved in the case but says while his release may spark an emotional response, the law allowed him to have bond.

“I really think that the community should have full faith and confidence in law enforcement and that they are investigating this matter, and they will see to it that if he is somehow complicit, he will in fact be charged,” said Farmer.

Castanon remains in custody in Florida on $1.5 million bail and has been charged with capital murder.

Vasquez’ mother, Sandy, was also injured in the crash that occurred when the van blew through an intersection and struck the family’s car.

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