• September 14, 2022

Rafael Villarreal Killed in Double Hit-and-Run on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (September 19, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as 50-year-old Rafael Villarreal. The search for either or both drivers that hit Villarreal continues.

San Antonio, TX — September 14, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck by two vehicles and killed in a hit-and-run on Loop 410 in Northwest San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:40 a.m. on the 6100 block of the Loop near Ingram Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was walking northward across the westbound lanes when he was hit in the exit lane by a vehicle, followed by another a short time later. Neither driver stopped after striking the pedestrian.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing as authorities seek more information about the hit-and-run vehicles.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rafael Villarreal Hit-and-Run in San Antonio

It strains belief that more than one driver hit the victim and yet neither stopped to check on him or help in any way. That kind of callous disregard for others must be met with proper consequences, so identifying those drivers is clearly a priority.

But how does that happen? Well, authorities will surely do what they can but another helpful step is to obtain public cooperation by sharing reports and any new developments. If someone with knowledge about the events on Loop 410 finds out authorities need help, they may reach out to fill police in on what they know--including what on earth could have motivated the drivers to flee the scene.

Rafael Villarreal Killed in Double Hit-and-Run on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX

There are many possible answers to that, but more often than not investigators determine that a driver flees because they have something to hide: illegal contraband in the vehicle, active warrants, and drunk driving are among the most common. Drunk driving might present unique consequences of its own: If either or both drivers were over-served alcohol somewhere before they hit the victim, a local business may be responsible for the damage they did under dram shop law.

Obviously there's still a long road ahead. I hope that by keeping all available information in the public eye the drivers will be found and held accountable. If the community remains vigilant and helps police with any known information, I'm confident that can be done.

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