Update: SAPD arrest driver of 18-wheeler in connection with a fatal hit-and-run on I-10

Updated 3:16 pm CDT, Friday, May 22, 2020

Police have arrested the driver of an 18-wheeler in connection with a fatal hit-and-run Friday on the North Side.

San Antonio police charged 29-year-old Justin Antwan Jackson with failure to stop and render aid resulting in death.

Police found the semi almost 20 miles from the scene parked on the side of a downtown street and at first said they thought the driver had fled on foot. Jackson told police he was a passenger in the semi and even provided a description of a driver, SAPD spokesman Doug Greene said. 

After taking Jackson in for more questioning, police arrested him. 

Greene said the semi rear-ended a Ford Fiesta at around 6 a.m. on Interstate 10 near Dominion Drive. The driver of the Fiesta, a 46-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident shutdown a portion of I-10 for several hours while police investigated. 

“This is very sad; we don’t know why he didn’t stop to help,” Greene said while speaking to media after the truck was found.  

After the accident, police asked the public to be on the look out for an 18-wheeler with front end damage.

Almost two hours later, a civilian called 911 saying they had seen a damaged semi parked next to a lot near the intersection of Crockett and Bowie streets in downtown. Jackson made it nearly 20 miles before a blown tire forced him to park the truck, according to police. 

When police arrived, they found the semi with its front bumper torn off and with pieces of the Fiesta caught under the cab. 

Jackson initially told officers he was asleep in the cab and didn’t know what had happened until after the accident, Greene said. Police said Jackson gave them a description of a driver, saying he was wearing a burgundy shirt and black pants and is about 6-foot 2-inches with short dreadlocks.

SAPD searched the area with its EAGLE helicopter and was looking at surveillance video nearby in an attempt to find the man Jackson described. 

The California-based trucking company the semi belongs to has also been cooperating, Greene said. Calls to the trucking company went unanswered.

Taylor Pettaway is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @TaylorPettaway

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