Family of fatal hit-­and-run victim pleads for info

Robert Hale III was hit by a pick-up truck, driver never found

SAN ANTONIO - The family of a 19-year-old man killed in a hit-and-run accident has turned to the public for help finding the driver responsible.


Robert Hale III was hit by a Ford F250 in the 4500 block of Gardenale in March of 2012.

After spending more than a month in intensive care, the teen finally succumbed to his injuries.

“His life was cut short,” said Hale’s mother, Debbie Serafin.  “He had a lot of potential and I know he would have done great things in life.”

Investigators are treating the incident as a failure to stop and render aid case, but witnesses said the driver came back to check on Hale.

“He pulled over and when he saw how bad Robert was injured he got into the truck and he drove away,” Serafin said.

It’s that element of the tragedy that stick’s with Hale’s brother Jo Sanchez the most.

“He brought me up. He made me who I am,” Sanchez said of his brother. “Help us out. Help us get some relief and some justice.”

Police said the Ford F250 had several “Ranch Hand” accessories attached to the vehicle’s body, including a “Headache Rack”, toolbox and grill guard.

The add-ons were painted to match the trim on the truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call crime Stoppers at (210) 224-STOP.


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