Police seek driver who struck Vietnam vet, great-granddaughter

George Jimenez pushing great-granddaughter in stroller near South Side park

SAN ANTONIO – George Jimenez served four years in Vietnam and came home without a scratch but a careless driver nearly killed him and his 2-year-old great-granddaughter on May 14.

The accident happened around 4 p.m. in the 7800 block of Somerset Road in front of Golden Park.

Jimenez was pushing the toddler in her stroller and said he didn't have time to react when the car jumped a curb hit them from behind.

"It was so quick. I barely turned and whamo! I got hit," Jimenez said. "When the car took off, I got up I picked her up and I guess the adrenaline went out and whamo, I was out."

The car clipped his left leg and the stroller. The pair went airborne and landed in the grass.

A few more inches to the right and it could have been a much different story.

"He could have killed me," Jimenez said. "He could have got me right on the waist and cut me in half."

Several people witnessed the accident and wrote down the license plate number and gave officers a good description of the car.

San Antonio police traffic investigators said the suspect vehicle they're looking for is a silver 2001 Hyundai Accent with Texas plate number BB7R044. Investigators believe the car may be missing the rear bumper.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Tips can be called in anonymously to 210-224-STOP or SAPD's Traffic Investigations Unit at 210-207-7385.

Jimenez and his great-granddaughter only sustained minor injuries but he's hopeful someone will turn the driver in so that he can be punished for his crime.

"We need to find him," Jimenez said. "What happens if he hits somebody else? He's got to be stopped right now."

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