Parents speak out about son who was hit, killed by vehicle while trying to stop fight in west Bexar County

The driver in the vehicle that struck the man has not been charged

BEXAR COUNTY – A man was fatally struck by a vehicle while running across the street from a gas station to break up a fight in west Bexar County, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m., Saturday, on Potranco Road and American Lotus.

Deputies said they believe two drivers crashed into each other at another location, but were following one another until they reached Potranco. That’s when they got into a fight.

A man at a nearby Quik Trip gas station saw the fight and ran across the street to try and break it up, according to officials. But, he got struck by another vehicle that was heading westbound.

The man was taken to University Hospital for severe injuries but later died, according to the BCSO.

According to the Bexar County Medical Examiner, the man was identified as 46-year-old Orlando Castillo.

Castillo’s parents said they are heartbroken after learning of their son’s death.

“He’s 46 years old and I’m 76. He’s supposed to stay around after I’m gone,” said his parents, Raul and Irene.

Raul and Irene said their son did struggle with drugs, but he managed to turn his life around. He was clean for five years and was working with the San Antonio Council On Alcohol & Drug Awareness for the last three years.

“He helped a lot of kids recover. He helped a lot of kids get back on track and that was his job. He’d been doing it almost three years and he enjoyed the hell out of it because he was contributing back,” they said.

The driver in the vehicle that struck Castillo did stop and is cooperating with the investigation. Deputies said no charges have been filed and the investigation continues.

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