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I saw a body lying in the road Thursday night. January 11, 2009

Posted by skedaddle in Uncategorized.

Pedestrian struck, killed on the North Side

by Alejandro Martinez Cabrera – Express-News

A vehicle struck and killed a man who was walking along U.S. 281 Thursday night in the North Side.

The man, who San Antonio police say may have been walking back and forth on 281, was hit by a vehicle around 8:30 p.m. near Sonterra Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Capt. Shawn Ury said they believe the dead man, who has not yet been identified, is 29 years old and from San Antonio. Some witnesses told police that the man had been behaving erratically before the accident.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident stopped a half mile down the highway after striking the man. Police do not believe the driver, who was not injured, was at fault and no citations have been issued.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. The accident caused a backup on southbound lanes of 281. The scene had not been cleared as of 9:45.

Pedestrian killed on U.S. 281 is identified

A man struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night has been identified as Arthur Ponto, 29.

The incident occurred at 8 p.m. in the 19200 block of U.S 281 North.

According to a report, Ponto was walking in a southbound lane when he was struck by a driver who did not see him in the roadway.

A witness at the scene said it appeared a second car also hit Ponto when he was lying on the roadway, the report said.

He was declared dead at the scene.

Three killed in weekend car crashes

by Michelle Mondo – Express-News

It was a deadly weekend on San Antonio roadways with three people killed in two car crashes.

In the first, two teens were killed in a one-vehicle rollover, which occurred just after 10 p.m. Friday in the southbound lanes of Evans Road between Encino Commons and Encino Rio on the city’s far North Side.

The teens were identified as Anthony Rodriguez, 16, and John Mazzanti, 17, according to a police report.

San Antonio Police Capt. Shawn Ury said the boys were the only two occupants in the small white car when Mazzanti likely lost control of the vehicle when going around a curve, causing the car to skid, tip on its side and then slam into a utility pole.

According to the report, Mazzanti was ejected from the car and was declared dead at the scene. Rodriguez was taken to University Hospital, where he died less than an hour later, the report said.

Ury said it appeared the car was traveling at a high speed. The report indicated both teens were wearing a seat belt.

The second fatal crash, killing an airman at Lackland AFB, was linked to alcohol, police believe…

People can be so careless with their lives.
Don’t they realize that life is the most precious thing a human being has?

I was on my way to the Spectrum Thursday night when I saw Arthur Ponto’s body on the road, surrounded by grim looking policemen and flashing ambulances. He was 29 years old. I saw his picture in the newspaper. He was a very attractive young man who worked for USAA (where my dad works) and had a loving family. And yet, it was all taken from him in a split second.
I feel so bad for the driver that hit him. The driver couldn’t have avoided the accident, and now he’ll have to deal with the fact that he killed someone for the rest of his life.

Two teenage boys killed less than 3 minutes from my house, all because they underestimated the vulnerability of their bodies.
They were both wearing seat belts. Yet, one of them was still ejected from the car. Now there’s an indication of how fast they were going.

I want to believe that everything happens for a reason.
But sometimes I can’t fathom how any good can come out of so much sadness.



1. 4_all_u_know - January 13, 2009

On my way to school today i was thinking about this post…I really hope that something good comes from this sadness.

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