• April 20, 2022

Shawn Guy Killed in Multi-Vehicle Hit-and-Run on Zarzamora St in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (April 25, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of these hit-and-run accidents as 53-year-old Shawn Patrick Guy. Investigators now believe that Guy may have been lying in the roadway of South Zarzamora Street when he was fatally struck by a Dodge Dakota and a Jeep. Neither of the drivers remained at the scene.

San Antonio, TX -- April 19, 2022, a man was struck by one or more vehicles and killed along South Zarzamora Street on San Antonio's South Side.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. along Zarzamora near Gillette Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a male pedestrian was hit several times, possibly by multiple vehicles, before a passerby saw him in the roadway and called for help. Reports indicate none of the striking vehicles remained at the scene.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are looking for data sources including local businesses' security footage to try and identify any hit-and-run vehicles involved.

No further information is available at this time.

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UPDATE (November 30, 2022): Investigators later updated their reports to say that the victim of this incident had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .405 at the time. I say that with no judgment or desire to cast a shadow over the victim, but if evidence truly shows he was approximately five times the legal limit then that may mean there's more to investigate.

As I previously mentioned, alcohol-related crashes sometimes involve holding the businesses that served it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law any business that continued serving alcohol if their customer was obviously intoxicated may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the family of the man who lost his life.

It would be hard for any business to argue they couldn't tell their customer was past his limits long before he quintupled the legal limit. However, just because a significant amount of alcohol was involved here doesn't mean a specific business over-served it to the victim; that's why the drinks' source must be investigated. Police investigations aren't very helpful for that, unfortunately, so it's usually necessary to have independent investigators track down the necessary evidence. Armed with what those experts find, many people hurt by reckless over-service have helped teach bad businesses an important lesson.

Lest it seem like I'm ignoring the elephant in the room, none of the details about alcohol excuse either driver who hit the victim from fleeing the scene. Both broke the law and both deserve to face serious consequences for their choices, so I hope law enforcement is still diligently seeking information to track them down. I only want to emphasize that everyone responsible for this terrible incident should be held accountable for their parts.

Shawn Guy Killed in Multi-Vehicle Hit-and-Run on Zarzamora St in San Antonio, TX

ORIGINAL: It's both tragic and enormously frustrating to learn of yet another hit-and-run on Texas roads. Clearly authorities must do everything they can to locate the drivers who left the scene--not only to ensure they face appropriate punishment, but also to learn precisely why they took off and left a man to die in the street. Finding that out is more important than some might realize.

Depending on why the suspects left the scene, there could be unique consequences related to this incident. For example, many drivers flee from incidents like this because they're intoxicated at the time. If that was the case for one or more of the San Antonio suspects, that could mean a local alcohol provider is liable for the victim's fatal injuries. That would be handled by Texas dram shop law, an important but generally-unknown part of the law.

As later investigation suggests the victim was lying in the roadway when he was hit, obviously there are important questions to resolve as well about why he might have done that. One possible explanation is that he himself may have been intoxicated; if so, that's still an urgent matter to investigate in case a bar's over-service led to him passing out in the road and being fatally hit.

I'm not saying I know for sure that alcohol was an issue here, but it's an important question to answer after the drivers are located. What police are doing now--searching for material evidence, witnesses, surveillance footage from the area, and other sources of information--is crucial in finding every possible clue to help them track down the vehicles that hit the pedestrian and then fled. Whatever information they can find and then relay to the public is one more piece of the puzzle that someone will eventually put together to recognize a suspect. If they do the right thing when they realize the truth, I believe that the victim's family will see some resolution to their terrible loss. In the meantime it's best to focus on how best to help them as investigators work to learn more.


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