The family of 68-year-old Dr. Larry Becker said the retired Boerne dermatologist had been training to cycle across his home state of Iowa when he was struck and killed about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
His widow Dorothy said she became concerned when she realized he was overdue from his usual ride.
“I called my eldest son and we went looking for him,” Becker said.
What they found was the scene of a hit and run on the westbound access road of I-10, Becker’s body draped by a yellow plastic tarp and his durable carbon fiber bike demolished by the impact.
DPS spokesman Jason Reyes said so far no witnesses have come forward.
He said a vehicle antenna was found at the scene, although the family said they have their doubts it came from the vehicle that struck Becker.
Reyes said the antenna along with any paint residue possibly on the cycle or Becker’s body will be examined closely for possible clues that may lead to the driver.
“God is in control and he’ll take care of him, one way or the other,” his widow said.
She said they would have been married 46 years next month.
Becker said her husband was respected by his thousands of patients over the last ten years.
Since his retirement, Becker’s son Doug said his father had been teaching part time at the UT Health Science Center and also worked at the VA Hospital.
His family said the hit and run actually was the second time Becker had been struck while cycling.
They said two years ago, a driver who was on a cell phone, stopped to help Becker and later even visited him at the hospital.
“Now some coward hits him and runs,” said Doug Becker.
Becker said his father was wearing a bright yellow jersey and had a flashing red light on his cycle.
DPS troopers returned to the scene Friday to ask business owners along the access road about any surveillance video or any shred of possible evidence.
Becker’s family said they still hold out hope the driver will do the right thing and come forward.
However, DPS is asking anyone with information to contact the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.
Becker’s wife said they need help in finding who was responsible for the hit and run death of a good man.
“He was the tops,” she said.