• 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 two vehicles. 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.

Commentary on Shawn Guy Hit-and-Run on Zarzamora St in San Antonio

It's both tragic and enormously frustrating to learn of yet another hit-and-run on Texas roads. Obviously that frustration is multiplied by the suggestion that several people may have hit the victim and yet none of them reportedly stopped to help him afterward.

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 further considerations and 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 if they negligently over-served the runaway drivers. Those matters are handled under Texas dram shop law, which despite its value to injured victims is largely unknown to the public.

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

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 again circles around to the idea 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 secondary 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.

These situations usually reach a resolution when someone, be it a friend or neighbor or even a total stranger, comes forward with important information the police can use to make an arrest. It may take some time considering how little investigators seem to have to begin with here, but I remain hopeful that continued efforts from the community and the police will see justice done. I recently heard about a hit-and-run driver arrested a full year after fleeing a crash because someone overheard her boasting in a bar about getting away with it, so even if it takes a while it's important to remain diligent. As long as someone does 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 what can be done to best help them as investigators work to learn more.

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