17-year-old driver arrested in crash that killed bicyclist identified as Devin Smith

KSAT speaks to mourning family; Teen driver could face manslaughter charge

SAN ANTONIO - The family of Devin Smith, a bicyclist killed in a crash with a teen driver, spoke to KSAT about their loss and Smith's life.

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The accident happened just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on West Avenue, just off Silver Sands Road.

When Marie Gaytan heard about the accident, she said her heart dropped, thinking that cyclist could be Smith, her ex-husband and the father of her three children.

"I was laying down with my grandbaby and I saw the six o'clock news," said Gaytan. "I was kind of half asleep and I heard West Avenue and Silver Sands, a bicyclist in his mid-50s killed and I just got a really bad feeling."

Gaytan said they called Smith and even drove by his house, but it wasn't until later Wednesday evening that her worst fears were confirmed: the medical examiner said the man on the bike was Devin Smith.

"He won't be able to see his grandbabies grow up," said Gaytan. "He wanted so much to be a part of their lives and it's just that I can't believe that he's gone."

Police said Devin was struck from behind by a 17-year-old teen, driving a truck.

Witnesses said the teen was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic.

Marie said Devin was a good man, an artist and that he loved his three girls and three grandbabies more than anything.

She said to lose him this way is just devastating.

"It's just so senseless that people are so careless," she said. "They have no regard for him. I don't understand it."

Police had taken the 17-year-old driver into custody, but released him late Wednesday.

They said the accident is still under investigation, but the teen could face a charge of manslaughter.

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