Jessica Harper Killed in Hit-and-Run on Culebra Road in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (October 6, 2022): Authorities have identified and arrested 39-year-old Christopher Sharp as the driver who fled the scene after fatally injuring Jessica Harper. Sharp faces several charges in connection to the crash.
San Antonio, TX -- May 7, 2022, 44-year-old Jessica Harper was fatally injured in a hit-and-run crash on Culebra Road in Northwest San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at Culebra and Alamo Downs Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC Yukon was traveling west on Culebra when the driver allegedly ran a red light and crashed into Harper's Ford Focus in the intersection. After the crash the Yukon driver may have fled the scene on foot and hasn't been located yet.
Harper suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Investigators are still looking for the runaway driver. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jessica Harper Hit-and-Run in San Antonio
UPDATE (October 6, 2022): Recent reports say police investigators used dashcam footage from a responding officer's patrol vehicle as well as witness descriptions of the suspect and information from his vehicle's paperwork to track him down. I'm relieved to learn that someone was brought to justice for this heinous act, though the consequences of his choices must still be resolved in court.
As I mentioned before, I hope investigators will also try to learn more specifically why he might have left the scene on foot in the first place. Having arrested and charged him for his deeds, however, they may not see a particular need to learn his motives. If there are any lingering doubts or concerns about why things went the way they did that fateful night, it may be necessary to investigate further independently.
ORIGINAL: Reports say the offending driver left the scene, but police seem to have the SUV they were in. That's usually a good start for tracking hit-and-run drivers down since it's a key piece of evidence that often leads to an arrest once they follow its paper trail. Aside from the occasional stolen vehicle, the registrant is usually the suspect or at least knows who was driving and where to find them. Sometimes it can take a while, but when they have substantive evidence to start with police are often able to find the offender more swiftly than when they have nothing.
Once the suspect is apprehended police can then see about why they took off after mortally injuring someone. Investigators typically find hit-and-run drivers flee because they want to hide something from law enforcement, which may turn out to be the case here as well. Sometimes they have illegal possessions like guns or drugs, while others have active warrants and don't want their sins catching up to them. In many cases the driver in question is intoxicated when they hit someone and flee mostly because they aren't thinking clearly. If that was the case in San Antonio, the investigation becomes a little more complicated as the source of the alcohol should be identified in case a local business violated dram shop law.
Before anyone can really know the specific reason the driver might have abandoned the vehicle and the victim, though, police will have to catch them. With the car in their possession, hopefully it's just a matter of time before authorities manage to trace it to the suspect. In the meantime, the best way to ensure this reaches a proper resolution is for the community to remain vigilant and police to stay committed to catching the runaway driver. That means sharing any helpful information or developments between them and keeping eyes and ears open. It may take a little time, but I remain confident that if everyone cooperates that justice will be done.