SAN ANTONIO – What John Markey used to warn people about took his life Wednesday on an increasingly busy stretch of Southeast Military Drive.
The 63-year-old retired employee of the San Antonio State School was struck and killed Wednesday by a driver who San Antonio police said was cited for not having a driver’s license or insurance. An investigation is ongoing, so she has not been charged in Markey’s death.
Markey's sister, Susan Markey, said since her brother didn’t drive, he walked or took the bus everywhere he went.
“He was a professional pedestrian. He was careful in his walking. He was careful in his crossing,” Susan Markey said.
John Markey became the second pedestrian fatality in less than three months hit in the center lane of Southeast Military Drive.
“I still don’t understand how it happened. I don’t see how the driver could not have seen him," said Cecilia Medina, John Markey's sister.
Although it’s still not clear what the reason was, San Antonio police Sgt. George Antu said Wednesday, “Drivers sometimes aren’t paying attention. They’re preoccupied with other things, and unfortunately, things like this happen.”
There is a traffic light and crosswalk at the intersection of Southeast Military and South Presa Street. Susan Markey and Medina said many of the pedestrians in that area are elderly residents of the same apartment complex where their brother lived.
John Markey’s sisters pointed out many have limited mobility and are willing to risk crossing at the closest point to bus stops, stores and restaurants that opened on the other side of Southeast Military. They said that’s why their brother had been helping apartment management in asking the city for flashing lights, additional crosswalks or anything that would protect pedestrians.
They said the traffic lights there are far enough apart to create a straightaway for speeding cars, even street racing on the weekends.
VIA Metropolitan Transit sent KSAT the following statement:
"The temporary bus stop ... is adjacent to the permanent stop that is being improved for extended Prímo service.
We do not have a record of Mr. Markey making a complaint about VIA bus stops in the area where this incident occurred. We will look into how we might improve safety awareness for customers in the area.”
It’s still unclear what will be done to reduce the risk of pedestrians being hit.
“If anything were to come from his death, he would want it to help other people," Susan Markey said.