SAPD: Blind man crossing street fatally struck by car

2 people struck by car; 1 killed in accident on Culebra Avenue at N. Zarzamora

A man was killed and a woman injured after they were both struck by a car while crossing a busy West Side street, San Antonio police said.

The accident occurred at 5 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Culebra Avenue at N. Zarzamora Street.

Police believe the pair was at the crosswalk, but it was unclear if they had the crossing signal.

The male victim was also believed to be blind because he had a walking stick, police said. The injured woman was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

Police said the driver stopped after the fatal accident and told officers she did not see the pedestrians on the street. Charges against the driver were unknown and she was questioned by police.

The area is busy with both cars and foot-traffic, due to a nearby bus stop.

Several pedestrians said it's a dangerous intersection where there are far too many close calls.

"I'm super cautious of crossing (at) any (crosswalk) around here. I almost got hit by a bus one day, because he didn't see me. It's not like I can run across the street," said Benjamin Sanchez.

"Sometimes they're talking on the phone, and sometimes they go fast," said Ana Alvarez.

She said drivers often didn't notice her as she crossed the road.

"There's like two incidents where there was some driver that he was just rude. He didn't want to (stop). I even had the crossing light on, and he didn't want to let me cross, you know? He took off in front of me," Benjamin Sanchez said.

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