Man leaving restaurant killed in hit-and-run crash

Rudy Luna, 66, killed in West San Antonio

By Jenna Hiller - Reporter , RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO - A man was fatally struck by a pickup while trying to cross a road on the West Side late Sunday night, San Antonio police said.

Officers said 66-year-old Rudy Luna was struck around 10:15 p.m. near the intersection of W. Commerce Street and NW 23rd Street.

Luna's wife, Virginia Contreras, said he had just picked up her dinner when he was hit.

"He called me. He said, 'You want to eat?' I said, 'OK.' He said, 'Well, I'm going to stop and get you some fish,' and he never made it," Contreras said. "Rudy was a good man with me. I'm disabled. He was helping me."

Luna was crossing the street to get to the bus stop when the pickup struck him. He was not in a crosswalk, police said.

Paramedics took Luna to University Hospital, where he later died.

Luna had been with friends until minutes before the crash.

"Not even 10 minutes. I took off home, and the next thing you know my brother came over there and he told me, 'Hey, they have somebody over there,'" said Jose Alanzo.

One friend described him as a nice guy who was fun to be around.

"(He was a) well-mannered guy. He didn't bother anybody. He was always laughing, jolly," said Carlos Olvera.

The driver did not stop and could face charges once found, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call San Antonio police.

Friends and family said Luna deserved better than being left to die.

"Oh my God. I think that's so cruel. I mean, he's not a dog," Contreras said.

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