No charges expected for driver in fatal Loop 410 crash

Witnesses report disabled SUV had no lights

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police said the driver of a pickup involved in a fatal crash on Southwest Loop 410 near Moursund Road Thursday morning most likely will not face any criminal charges.

His Toyota Tundra was heading east on the highway when it slammed into a disabled SUV that was partially in the traffic lane, police said. The SUV did not have any lights on or emergency flashers activated, they said.

One man in the SUV was killed and another was critically injured.

Officers at the scene said there were three other people in that vehicle, including a 5-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy. They did not report any serious injuries for them or the pickup driver.

The crash made a horrific noise that startled Tracie Lugo in her home, which is located about 100 yards from the highway.

"I just hear the tires screeching. It sounded like a tire blowout," she said. "And then all of a sudden, you just hear, like, ‘Kaboom!'"

Lugo said she ran from her home toward the scene, and once she saw that people were injured, she used her cell phone to call 911.

"It was real bad," Lugo said. "I kept hearing a lady screaming. I came back running to get my roommate and I told him, 'Come over here. Help me because I don't know if they're going to need help.'"

Other drivers got out of their vehicles to help, Lugo said, but it was too late for one man in the SUV. He was already dead.

According to officers at the scene, both he and the injured man had been seen by witnesses prior to the crash, pushing the disabled SUV off the road. However, police said both men were back inside the vehicle when it was hit.

As of noon Thursday, the medical examiner was still trying to positively identify the man who was killed.

For drivers who experience trouble on a highway, the American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends that they pull off the road, if possible.

If the car is disabled and can't be driven off the road, the driver should activate the emergency flashers immediately.

AAA also recommends that drivers don't risk injury by getting out and pushing the vehicle.  Instead, they should stay inside the vehicle unless it is in a location where it might be hit.

In that case, it's best to get out of the vehicle carefully and get to a safe location.

Lastly, AAA advises once everyone from the car is in a safe place, they can use a phone to call for help.

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