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Community Shocked After S.A. Teacher Killed in Hit-and-Run

Mario Rosales1 year ago

A San Antonio woman was killed in a hit-and-run on Silver Maple Street by Potranco Road while walking with a friend around 2:00 am on Sunday, August 2nd.

About the Fatal Accident

The 38-year-old high school art teacher was struck and killed by a dark colored SUV, according to KSAT.  The hit-and-run occurred early Sunday morning on Potranco Road near Loop 1604. Vanessa Puente, the victim, was a teacher at the Southwest Community High School.

Local authorities are unsure if the driver resides around the area where Puente was killed or was just visiting. The SUV is anticipated to have damage on the passenger side, including a broken headlight.

KSAT 12 reports that, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest of the person responsible for Puente's death.

Reaction from the Community

Since the accident occurred, the community of Southwest High School continues to mourn the loss of their adored teacher. Puente was a beloved and talented teacher who will be missed dearly many around the school, according to area residents.

Her family, who also misses her dearly, has been left helpless and in need of answers. The Puente family organized a flier distribution event in the neighborhood, asking anyone with any information or tip to call the San Antonio Crime Stoppers hotline at 210-224-STOP.  

The family also hopes to create an art scholarship under her name so her memory can live on.

About the Hit-and-Run Victim

Family and friends have said that Vanessa Puente taught her students more than art, she helped troubled teens identify their talents.

Puente was an active member of her community and her work around San Antonio included the restoration of cathedral ceilings at the University of the Incarnate Word, reports KSAT 12.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatality Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 55.37% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,887 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
  • There were 13,438 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2013 with 16,807 people sustaining a serious injury.
  • Pedestrian fatalities totaled 493 in 2013 this is a 1% increase from 2012.


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