Borgfeld Road accident history not as lengthy as some might expect

Friday's accident lone fatal wreck in last year

SAN ANTONIO – On Friday morning, San Antonio police Officer Paul Rios, 41, was driving his personal SUV when it was hit head-on by an F-250 on a two-lane section of Borgfeld Road. The six-year veteran was killed instantly and two of his children were transported by AirLife to a hospital with serious injuries.

Later that afternoon, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office released crash statistics over the last year for the stretch of Borgfeld from US-281 to Blanco Road. Along the four-mile stretch, a total of five accidents were reported, with Friday's crash the lone one involving any type of serious injury or fatality.

"I think people feel like because it's out of city limits and things like that, that people can just go as fast as they want to and you can't," said Lynn Davis, who drives along that stretch of Borgfeld twice a day. "There's a lot of barriers they put up that change periodically, so you go over a hill and suddenly things are not where you expect them to be."

Construction began on that stretch of Borgfeld two years ago with plans to widen it from two lanes to four. It should wrap up by October.

"We've lived in this area for about 13 years, so having a bigger road is nice," said Joe McDaniel. "The lane sometimes changes within a couple of weeks. You move from one side to the next, and they begin to start working on another part of the road and it changes again. So you have to be pretty aware."

Investigators have not released a cause of the accident. Officer Rios leaves behind a wife and four children.