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Unidentified Hit-and-Run Motorist Kills Woman

Bexar County authorities are searching for a driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in San Antonio that killed a pedestrian on Sunday.

About the Fatal Hit-and-Run

A woman was killed after being struck by an SUV in western Bexar County, Texas, reports San Antonio Express-News.

Witnesses said that the woman, identified as Vanessa Puente, 38, was walking with her boyfriend on Silver Maple Street near Potranco Road around 2 a.m. when a dark colored SUV struck her from behind, launching her 40 to 50 feet from the site of impact.

The woman died of blunt force injuries at University Hospital, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office. The woman’s boyfriend was not injured.

Police are searching for the SUV driver involved in the hit-and-run death of Vanessa Puente. The vehicle involved in the incident is probably an older model of the Ford Expedition with front-end damage on the passenger side.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office requests that anyone with information on the wreck call investigators at 210-335-6086 or the San Antonio Crime Stoppers at 210-224-7867.

Hit-and-Run Crash Statistics

  • USA Today reported in 2013 that hit-and-run crashes are increasing in many major U.S. cities.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash data shows the number of hit-and-run crash fatalities in the U.S. growing from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011.
  • The 13.7% increase in hit-and-run crash deaths in the U.S. over three years (2009-2011) occurred while overall traffic deaths were falling 4.5% over the same three years.

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