2 killed in 3 days in hit-and-runs

Troopers send message to drivers to hit the brakes

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor, marthur@ksat.com
Published On: Jul 03 2012 04:13:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2012 04:42:46 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Two people have been killed in hit-and-run crashes in less than a week in the San Antonio area.

Last Sunday, police say 29-year-old Marcela Roman was driving drunk when she hit and killed one woman and left another in critical condition on South General McMullen on San Antonio’s west side.

Witnesses say Roman stopped and got out of the car but then took off once she saw the victims.

Days earlier, on June 28, 68-year-old, Larry Becker was riding his bicycle along an Interstate 10 access road in Boerne for what would be the last time. He was killed in a hit and run.

Joseph Gabay, 64, called DPS Troopers on Monday.

“Mr. Gabay said he remembered striking something but wasn’t sure what it was,” said Trooper Jason Reyes, DPS spokesman.

Troopers executed a search warrant and inspected Gabay’s vehicle to determine that it was consistent with the damage caused to Becker’s bike.

Troopers say crashes like these hit-and-runs can almost always be prevented.

Sometimes accidents do happen, Reyes said, but drivers make a bad situation so much worse by not hitting the brakes and stopping to see what happened.

Not to mention, it could save a life.

“If somebody was hurt or injured, those first few moments could be crucial to saving an individual’s life,” Reyes said. “But if we leave them there hurt on the side of the road, it could make the situation a lot worse than it needs to be.”

Gabay turned himself in on the same day that Kendall County Crime Stoppers announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run.

DPS is now investigating why Gabay didn’t stop and then waited days to come forward, and whether alcohol was involved in the crash.

“I know the family was looking for closure immediately,” said Reyes, “and its a shame we had to wait a couple of days for this to happen."