• July 08, 2022

Manuel Mendoza Killed in Hit-and-Run on Saunders Ave in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (August 4, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this hit-and-run as 61-year-old cyclist Manuel Mendoza.

Later reports indicate the driver who his him in a Ford F-150 pickup was located and charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid. Police believe the driver was distracted and speeding when they ran the stop sign and hit Mendoza.

San Antonio, TX — July 7, 2022, a bicyclist died in a hit-and-run on Saunders Avenue near Rosillo Street in West San Antonio.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of Saunders and South Rosillo, close to West Commerce. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a bike on Saunders when a vehicle, believed to be a pickup or an SUV, ran a stop sign and hit him. The driver fled the scene without stopping.

The cyclist was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later.

The investigation is ongoing as police seek more information about the hit-and-run vehicle and its driver.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Manuel Mendoza Hit-and-Run in San Antonio

UPDATE (August 4, 2022): It's something of a relief to see later reports say the hit-and-run driver was apprehended and charged. Clearly that behavior is inexcusable under virtually any circumstances.

It's unclear whether investigators managed to get any clear and direct answers from the driver himself about why he fled the scene. They believe he was speeding and distracted when he caused the crash, but his decision to abandon a dying man remains a mystery--at least as far as official reports are concerned.

I find that a little troubling since it represents a significant blank that wasn't filled in while police worked out the details of the incident. Maybe people consider the driver's motives unimportant as long as he's caught, but I believe it's always best to get every possible answer after something this devastating. Will police do what they can to connect every dot, or should someone else handle the rest?

Manuel Mendoza Killed in Hit-and-Run on Saunders Ave in San Antonio, TX

ORIGINAL: It's always frustrating to see another driver leave someone they hurt behind. I'd imagine everybody but that runaway driver wants them found and brought to justice. In the meantime this terrible incident has lingering questions, not least of which is "Why did the driver leave?"

Only finding them could say for certain, but many hit-and-run drivers flee the scene for just a handful of reasons--simple panic, sometimes, but more often to hide something from investigators. Drug possession, active warrants, and drunk driving are among the most common things they'd prefer to keep to themselves, so they take off. If other illegal activity occurred on top of failing to stop and render aid, that only makes it more critical to find the driver and hold them accountable.

Canvassing the area for witnesses and security cameras can often help authorities get a description of the runaway vehicle. Additionally, keeping the details in the public eye usually helps someone in the community connect the dots. It may take some time, but I'm confident that if everyone works together and remains vigilant a bad actor can be found and some answers can be had.

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