Police in San Antonio are searching for the driver of a semi that was involved in a fatal hit and run accident May 22nd.
Authorities say the semi rear-ended a Ford Fiesta around 6 a.m. on interstate 10 near the Dominion Drive exit in San Antonio. The driver of the Fiesta, a 40-year old woman was pronouced dead at the scene. The trucker fled the scene in his truck, which was discovered roughly two hours after the accident about 20 miles from the deadly crash.
The trucking company associated with the truck, Midnite Trucklines Inc is based out of Victorville, California according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER database. The company appears to have two trucks according to their most recent MCS-150 filing which was filed on the 8th of this month. The company also appears to only have a USDOT number, implying it would normally be permitted to travel as part of intrastate commerce. Freight Broker Live was unable to get in touch with the company.
Police found the truck, which was heavily damaged and still had pieces of the Ford Fiesta in its grill, with one individual who was located “outside of the truck,” after a citizen noticed the damaged truck sitting in San Antonio roughly 20 miles from the accident scene. Police say this individual was reportedly sleeping in the cab of the truck and was unaware of the accident. According to police, this individual stated there was another driver and is “cooperating with police.”
Officer Doug Green, San Antonio Police Spokesperson said they are currently looking for a suspect described as a black male with short dreadlocks who is around 6’2″ wearing a burgundy shirt and grey pants. Green said that they are in contact with the trucking company and they are cooperating with the investigation as well.
Both the driver who fled and the other occupant of the truck are from Florida according to Green and the SAPD are working to find out what they can about the individual who fled the truck. The driver is wanted for failure to stop and render aid, which for accidents involving death, is a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Towards the end of the Facebook video above, you can see police officers place someone in handcuffs at the scene. It is believed that this person is was the co-driver who was sleeping in the back of the truck.