SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – San Antonio police say a woman, identified Thursday as 65-year-old Oralia Gonzalez Castillo, was hit by a pickup and killed on the city’s Northeast Side after she had just left a nearby restaurant where she bought breakfast tacos.
Initially, the call to police around 6 a.m. Wednesday came in as a person lying in the street on Nacogdoches Road just south of Wurzbach Parkway.
However, when officers arrived, they quickly realized what had happened.
“It was an accident, a crash between a truck and a female individual who was crossing the street,” said Sgt. Walter Smith with SAPD.
Police also found the truck that hit her and its driver still at the scene.
Smith said that man was cooperating fully with the investigation.
He said both the driver and witnesses gave the same story, saying it was an unavoidable accident.
By all accounts, Gonzalez Castillo had crossed in the middle of the dark street, away from any crosswalks, police said.
“Right now, we don't see anything criminal, but we always check into everything,” Smith said.
For more than an hour after the crash, accident investigators took measurements and collected evidence in an effort to figure out how it happened.
They found streak marks in the street, indicating that the driver had tried to brake.
The impact knocked Gonzalez Castillo out of her boots and sent a paper bag with her tacos flying into the air, landing on a sidewalk.
According to a worker at the restaurant, Gonzalez Castillo appeared to be on her way to work at a food processing plant across the street.
A man who witnessed the crash spoke to KSAT 12 News off camera, saying he often sees workers crossing the street in the same spot and was worried someone would get hurt one day.