SAPD: Driver killed after crashing into back of flatbed tow truck at ‘high rate of speed’

The man’s identity has not yet been released

A man was killed after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into the back of a flatbed tow truck on the South Side Sunday evening.

SAN ANTONIO – A man was killed after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into the back of a flatbed tow truck on the South Side Sunday evening.

San Antonio police officers responded to the crash just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the access road of 8500 Interstate 35 South, between Somerset Road and Palo Alto Road.

Police said the driver of the 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 was driving on the southbound access road “at a high rate of speed” while passing other vehicles.

The Mercedes-Benz approached a 2019 Hino 258 flatbed tow truck that was stopped in the same lane and tried to maneuver around it, police said.

The sedan ended up hitting the rear passenger’s side corner of the flatbed. The corner of the flatbed went through the sedan’s windshield and struck the driver in the head, police said.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said he was not using his cell phone and he was wearing a seatbelt. According to SAPD, officers stated that the sun was in their eyes as they responded to the scene, noting that it may have played a role in the crash.

The tow truck was unoccupied and had its emergency lights on at the time of the incident, police said. It was stopped because the driver was responding to a service call.

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