Teen driver, taxi fatally strike pedestrians

SAPD: 2 pedestrians fatally struck during separate accidents


SAN ANTONIO – Two pedestrians were fatally struck by vehicles during separate incidents late Thursday night, San Antonio police said.

The first accident was reported just after 9 p.m. near the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Southeast Military Drive.

Police said 63-year-old Silas Tucker had just checked into a motel on Roosevelt Avenue and was walking to a nearby store when he was struck by a pickup truck. 

"It appears he was a truck driver that was in town picking up a load," said San Antonio police Sgt. Javier Salazar.

Police and paramedics responded and pronounced Tucker dead at the scene. 

The 17-year-old driver told police he could not see the pedestrian on the road until it was too late.

The second accident was reported just before midnight in the 9100 block of Wurzbach Road. 

San Antonio police said 51-year-old Robert Gravell was crossing the street when he was fatally struck by a taxi cab. 

"He was not at the crosswalk, and he was wearing fairly dark clothing that made it hard for the motorist to see," said Salazar.

Paramedics responded and pronounced Gravell dead at the scene as well.

Police said in both cases the drivers stopped, called 911 and tried to help the pedestrian. Neither driver will face charges.

"It's quite possible they could have been prevented had pedestrians just followed the common rules of the road," Salazar said.

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