Neighbors say crosswalk needed on West Side street where pedestrian died

Man, 75, dies after being hit by car on Guadalupe near Zarzamora

SAN ANTONIO – A 75-year-old man who was hit by a car on a West Side street Monday night has died of his injuries.

The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours after the crash, which happened about 8 p.m.

San Antonio police said he was not in a crosswalk when he was hit by a Toyota Corolla in the 2500 block of Guadalupe Street near Zarzamora. 

The impact knocked the man about 20 yards. The walker he had been using ended up even farther down the road.

Alejandro DeLeon said he saw the crash and recognized the severely injured man right away.

“He was my friend for about 15 years,” he said. 

DeLeon said the man had just spent the day with him and was headed home.

The driver of the car stopped immediately after the crash and called 911, police said. He told officers he did not see the man in the street until it was too late.

As of Tuesday morning, police were not expecting that the driver would face any charges.

A man who works nearby stopped at the scene Tuesday morning and told KSAT 12 News the crash shouldn’t have happened. The man, who did not want to be identified, said he had made several complaints with the city about the poor condition of the sidewalks in the area. He said he also believes there should be more crosswalks.

Because of the conditions, the man said he has seen his share of near misses there — pedestrians getting too close to traffic.

“Most of them are handicapped, on walkers, strollers,” he said. “(They should) put some speed bumps close to the light.”

In this particular case, police said it appears the driver did not do anything to cause the crash.

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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.