An especially deadly day for pedestrians on San Antonio streets has other people on alert. Three people were hit and killed Tuesday while crossing busy roadways.
San Antonio police said the triple tragedies began with the death of Erna Zwicke, 90, who was hit while crossing Fredericksburg Road near W. Agarita Avenue in a wheelchair around 7:30 a.m.
Twelve hours later, a man who friends said was homeless died after being hit by a pickup as he crossed Walzem Road near Montgomery Drive. The driver sped away from the scene, according to police. As of noon Wednesday, they had not made any arrests.
Witnesses told investigators that the driver, who was in a silver or gray Ford truck, stopped briefly after the crash, then left the scene, police said.
Shortly after 8 p.m., San Antonio officers were called to the scene of a third fatal crash.
An accident report stated that a 47-year-old woman was struck by an 18-wheeler on the Interstate 35 North access road near Fisher Road. Several other 18-wheelers then ran over the victim before the road could be shut down, the report stated. The first driver told officers he didn’t see the woman until it was too late, the report stated.
The medical examiner’s office was still working on a positive identification for the woman as of noon Wednesday.
The man who was hit on Walzem Road had not been identified. Friends, however, said he was 62 years old and a native of Chicago who had been living on the street.
Even before the deadly crashes, San Antonio resident Robert Smith had been on his toes. Smith said he often walks to his destinations and has to be watchful of traffic.
"I'm always nervous wherever I cross, especially a heavy traffic area. I almost got ran down myself yesterday,” Smith said. “The only thing I can say is one must be careful (and) must be alert. Even though a pedestrian might have the right of way, you still got to be alert."