Jessie Lucear killed in ambulance crash

Police: Driver ran red light, slammed into side of ambulance


SAN ANTONIO – A family is devastated after their mother was killed in an ambulance wreck.

Police investigators said the wreck happened on Friday on Loop 1604 at Shanefield Road.

They said Jessie Lucear, 72, was riding in the ambulance when it was struck by a car.

"We were getting her packed to go home," said Melvoyn Lucear, Jessie Lucear's son. "We had no idea that she would be going home, her heavenly home."

Melvoyn Lucear said his mother was planning on going back home to Atlanta this weekend with her husband, Marvin, after a three-month stay in San Antonio.

He said his parents were in town to visit him, but on Friday, on her way back to her son's house from a routine dialysis treatment, a car struck the ambulance she was riding in.

"It was an extremely painful situation to watch," he said. "To see someone who was so beautiful, so radiant, who loved everything and everybody, go through such a bad experience and die so violently."

Police said the driver of  a Toyota Prius ran a red light on Loop 1604 near Shanefield Road, striking the side of the ambulance.

"It's horrible," said Marvin Lucear. "Somebody made a mistake, one that could have been avoided, had they been paying attention to the traffic and what they were doing."

Family members said Jessie Lucear was taken to a hospital in Westover Hills initially, but that her injuries were so severe, she was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where she died.

"I couldn't believe it," said Marvin Lucear. "All these years, five wonderful children, I just can't stand it. I don't' know what I'm going to do."

Melvoyn Lucear said they are hoping someone will come forward to let them know what really went wrong and to maybe give them some peace about what happened to their mom.

"She was the best mom in the entire world," said Marvin Lucear. "What do you say about a person who just exuded life every day? Her spirit was very, very special and it drew people into her."

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