SAN ANTONIO, TX – San Antonio police are trying to determine whether a driver who ran over a man on the access road of Loop 1604 just west of Babcock Road knew about it before leaving.
A passerby found the 50-year-old victim lying on the access road around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday and called police. The victim died from his injuries.
Officers at the scene initially called the incident a hit-and-run. But within a few hours, they discovered evidence indicating that the scenario may have played out a bit differently.
"It appears that the victim may have been lying on the access road prior to being struck by the vehicle," Officer Douglas Greene, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department, said.
Greene said that officers made the determination after tracking down the vehicle that they believe was involved. The black Mercedes Benz sedan appeared to have damage to the underside of the front end, rather than on the hood.
Greene said that an investigation by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office should determine why the victim was lying on the ground and whether he may have been dead already when the car ran over him.
Officers found the vehicle after following a trail of oil that led from the crash scene to an apartment complex more than a mile away in the 8200 block of Hausman Road.
"It was good work by the supervisor to initially find that fluid and then to track it to the location," Greene said.
Greene said that the car owner cooperated fully with investigators. He allowed them to impound his vehicle and search his cellphone records. He said although the 22-year-old driver has been labeled as a suspect, police are still investigating the case.
"That is an area that is very dark, so there is a possibility that he may not have been aware of what he ran over," Greene said. "If the suspect knew that it was, indeed, a person that they ran over, then they have an obligation to stop and render aid."
Greene said that failure to stop and render aid is one of the charges that police are considering filing against the man. Greene said the final decision will be made after the investigation is complete.
As of 11 a.m., the name of the victim had not been released yet.