Neighbor: Scene where bicyclist died a danger zone

Jose Carlos Macy, 20, hit by possible dark-colored car


The San Antonio street where bicyclist Juan Carlos Macy, 20, died in a hit-and-run crash is a known danger zone, according to one longtime resident of that West Side neighborhood.

Charlie Mata, a past president of the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, said the stretch of West Commerce where Macy was hit often is the site of speeding and even drag-racing.

"It's always been an issue," Mata said. "Sometimes, of course, because of the police presence, things kind of cool down a little bit."

After Saturday morning's crash, a witness told San Antonio police investigators that the vehicle suspected of hitting Macy -- possibly a dark-colored car -- had been drag-racing with a white SUV.

Officers at the scene, in the 2900 block of West Commerce, said Macy was in the westbound bike lane when he his bicycle was hit from behind.

They said he was dragged by the vehicle several feet before it drove off.

Macy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said although he was not wearing protective gear, his bicycle did have flashing lights.

Still, Mata said, in his opinion, that area is too dangerous for cycling, especially at night.

"I wouldn't encourage anyone to ride a bike on these surface streets," he said.

As of Monday morning, police were continuing their search for the driver who hit Macy.

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