Man facing intoxication manslaughter charge after running red light, killing motorcyclist

Victim identified as Eric Allen, 53; Driver identified as Hector Lopez, 31

By Adrian Garcia - Digital Journalist

Courtesy: Bexar County Jail

SAN ANTONIO - A man is facing intoxication manslaughter and felony possession of controlled substance charges after San Antonio police said he ran a red light and drove into a motorcyclist while he was drunk Monday night.

Officials with the San Antonio Police Department said the victim, identified as 53-year-old Eric Allen, was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he died.

San Antonio police officials Tuesday identified the driver as Hector Lopez, 31, who was taken into custody shortly after the fatal crash and was booked at the Central Magistrate's Office early Tuesday morning.

Allen was on his Harley-Davidson turning onto North Weidner Road from Wurzbach Parkway around 7 p.m. Monday when Lopez ran a red light at the intersection and drove his BMW SUV into Allen, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to preliminary information released by SAPD.

Lopez was evaluated at the scene and officers determined that he was intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash.

Lopez is now facing second- and third-degree felonies. His bail was set at $85,000.

According to online records, Lopez was arrested in September 2008 for DWI but his case was dismissed due to a missing witness.

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