Driver identified in fatal crash involving off-duty police officer in south Bexar County

Somerset police officer had just ended his shift when crash occurred early Sunday on I-35 South, Benton City Road

SAN ANTONIOCorrection: KSAT incorrectly identified the driver who died in an update to this article on July 4. The person who died was Sergio Antonio Zuniga, 26. The case number was incorrectly identified. We regret the error.

UPDATE 7/4/22: The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the driver killed on June 26 in a two-vehicle crash in south Bexar County as 37-year-old Leonella Gaitan.

The crash also involved an off-duty Somerset police officer who was injured. His current condition is unknown.

(Original Story)

A driver was killed and an off-duty Somerset police officer was injured in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday in south Bexar County.

According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched around 4:14 a.m. to Interstate 35 South and Benton City Road.

When they arrived, they found the driver of one of the vehicles trapped and unresponsive. The driver was extracted from the vehicle that had rolled over. But despite life-saving measures, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, BCSO said.

The driver of the second vehicle was the officer who had just ended his shift. The officer appeared to have suffered a broken leg and a laceration to his head. He was transported to University Hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

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