UPDATE 3:30 PM Friday, May 22——————————————————-
The San Antonio Police Department has arrested a man in connection with a hit and run crash that killed a motorist early this morning.
Police say that they arrested 29 year old truck driver Justin Antwan Jackson on charges of failure to stop and render aid resulting in death.
The charges are a result of a fatal crash that occurred on I-10 at Dominion Drive in San Antonio, Texas, around 6 a.m.
During that crash, a semi truck reportedly struck a Ford Fiesta before leaving the scene. The woman driving the Fiesta passed away as a result of the crash.
Police later located the semi truck about 20 miles from the crash site in downtown San Antonio, where it had heavy front end damage and pieces of the Ford Fiesta still stuck to it.
Officers initially thought that the driver of the truck had abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, leaving a second person, who was later identified as Jackson, asleep inside the truck.
Jackson told police that he was a passenger at the time of the crash and that he had felt something but that he didn’t think much of it because the truck kept going.
Jackson even gave police a description of a suspect, according to reporting from local news outlet San Antonio Express-News.
However, after contacting Jackson’s company and interviewing Jackson further, police placed him under arrest and charged him.
Texas police are investigating a hit and run crash that claimed the life of a motorist on I-10 this morning.
The crash occurred around 6 a.m. on Friday, May 22, in San Antonio, Texas.
Police say that a semi truck rear ended a Ford Fiesta on I-10 at Dominion Drive.
HAPPENING NOW: I-10 eastbound lanes shut down due to hit-and-run crash involving an 18-wheeler. Right now police are searching for that 18-wheeler that drove off after causing a fatal accident along I-10 at Dominion Drive. https://t.co/FWSAicrF81
— Melissa Vega (@melissamvega) May 22, 2020
Investigators say that the truck driver fled the scene after the crash.
The 40 year old female driver of the Ford Fiesta was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say that the they found a semi truck that they believe to have been involved in the crash parked in the downtown San Antonio area.
Images captured at the scene show that the truck had heavy front end damage. Police said that the truck still had part of the victim’s car attached to it.
Police found a man asleep in the bunk area of the truck but say that this person is not believed to be the driver. The man told police that he felt something but didn’t think anything of it because the truck didn’t stop. The man is reportedly cooperating with police.
Authorities are still looking for the truck driver, who they say is now facing serious charges. The suspect is described as a black male with short dreadlocks who is around 6’2″ wearing a burgundy shirt and grey pants.
Both men in the truck are from California, police say.
Police say that they have contacted the trucking company.
The incident shut down several lanes of I-10 for the morning rush hour, but as of 9:30 a.m., at least one lane had reopened.
Police are seeking surveillance video to aid in the investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information is asked to call the San Antonio Police Department at 210-207-7385.