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Tip leads to man’s arrest in fatal hit-and-run of jogger along Loop 1604 on North Side

SAN ANTONIO – The driver accused of fatally placing a runner along Loop 1604 earlier this month claimed that he thought he hit a deer when questioned by San Antonio police, in accordance to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Records with the Bexar County Jail present Joel Angel Zaragoza, 28, was arrested Tuesday evening on a cost of failure to cease and render help ensuing in demise, a second-degree felony. His bond is ready at $50,000.

The hit-and-run that killed well-known runner Lisa Rosenstein occurred round 7 a.m. May 2 on the North Loop 1604 West eastbound entry highway between Lockhill Selma Road and NW Military Highway.

Her physique was discovered in a grass shoulder by a bicyclist who was driving on the entry highway. The bicyclist known as the police and suspected the lady had died, as she had no pulse, the affidavit states.

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Police mentioned components of the suspect car’s headlamp have been positioned on the scene, main officers to consider it was a 2012-2014 Ford Focus.

Surveillance footage additionally captured the car drive away from the crash website and journey along the entry highway till it reached Blanco Road.

The affidavit states that SAPD acquired a tip on May 18 “from a concerned citizen about a possible suspect vehicle.”

SAPD discovered the car, which had a repaired headlight and passenger’s facet mirror, in addition to harm to the appropriate fender and hood, at an residence complicated in the 600 block of E. Sonterra Boulevard in Stone Oak.

Police finally made contact with the car’s proprietor, later recognized as Zaragoza, outdoors a Lifetime Fitness health club.

He advised police that the harm was from hitting a deer, however he didn’t know when or the place he hit it, investigators mentioned.

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“I asked the defendant if he could definitively say he hit a deer and he said no,” the affidavit states. He additionally advised officers that he had a blowout and swerved to the appropriate, placing the deer, and his entrance windshield was “fogged up.”

Police initially mentioned the automotive had drifted onto the shoulder lane.

Rosenstein didn’t have an ID on her however her husband pinged her cellphone and went to the positioning of the crash.

Her pals advised KSAT that the 27-time marathoner was “tough as nails” however “had a heart of gold.”

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