Woman hit by repeat drunken driving suspect

Suspect Humberto Lopez, 43, has 3 prior arrests for drunken driving

Iris Cantu, a 30-year-old woman run down by a pickup outside her West side home, hopes the driver who hit her, Humberto Lopez, 43, will serve jail time.

Lopez has a criminal record that includes three prior arrests for driving while intoxicated.

San Antonio police suspect he was drunk again when he hit Cantu and her boyfriend, Nathan Villarreal, 29, Sunday night.

Cantu and Villarreal were unloading their car after arriving at their home in the 600 block of S. Brazos Street around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Cantu said the 1998 Dodge Ram pickup suddenly appeared and plowed into them.

"It clipped (Villarreal) on his left shoulder, and if it wasn't for that back door being open, oh man!" she said, emotionally unable to finish her sentence.

Cantu said the truck was slowed down a bit by the open door on her car, but her body still felt the impact.

“My neck, my back, my arms, my legs,” she said, detailing her injuries.

Somehow, she escaped breaking any bones.

Both Cantu and Villarreal were rushed to University Hospital, where they were treated and then released hours later.

The crash, though, did leave Cantu and her family emotionally scarred.

She said her 7-year-old daughter, Legacy, was standing on the sidewalk when it happened and witnessed everything.

"So she was pretty terrified about it,” Cantu said. “I could just hear her in the background with the sirens, just yelling out for me."

After the crash, Lopez sped away from the scene, according to police.

An officer stopped him a short time later on Commerce Street, after he ran a stop sign right in front of the officer, police said.

They said moments after making the traffic stop, the officer realized Lopez was the suspect in the hit-and-run crash.

Lopez was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to stop and render aid.

He was booked into the Bexar County jail with bonds totaling $30,000.

Records show Lopez has been arrested for drunken driving three times before — in 1992, 2001 and 2005.

Following each of those previous arrests, he was granted probation and ordered to pay fines, the records stated.

Cantu hopes this time, the man who caused her body so much pain will get more than a “slap on the wrist.”

“He needs to do some kind of jail time to be able to learn,” Cantu said.

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