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Injured driver runs from fatality crash scene

Crash happened on I-35 near Kinney Road

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SAN ANTONIO – One driver was killed and another ran from the scene of a wreck in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Kinney Road early Thursday, investigators with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.

Around 3 a.m., a man driving a gold sedan lost control and hit the center cables of the interstate. He was in the middle of the southbound lanes when two other vehicles came upon it and crashed.

"We're trying to determine exactly who hit the gold car. Was it the 18-wheeler, the black car or both vehicles?" said Sgt. Mario Cervantes, with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

First responders had already checked on the driver of the gold sedan, who was injured in the crash, when he left the scene.

"When they knew that black vehicle was involved, and there was another injured person in that vehicle, they turned their attention to that person, and then all of a sudden, this driver in the gold car, just got out of the vehicle, and fled on foot," Cervantes said. "That's just uncommon, unheard of. I've never seen it before."

The driver of a black Nissan Maxima was trapped inside his car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of a big rig did not suffer any injuries.

Deputies searched the area on foot and San Antonio police sent up its Eagle helicopter, but there was no immediate sign of the driver who ran from the scene. A security guard at a nearby nursery later spotted the man walking on the property, and asked him to leave. He walked back to the scene and surrendered to sheriff's deputies before 7 a.m.

The southbound lanes of I-35 between Loop 1604 and Kinney Road reopened around 9 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., investigators were still looking into what charges the driver who left the scene would face.