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Man arrested months after fatal hit-and-run on West Side road, records show

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police have arrested a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run that occurred earlier this year on the West Side.

Records show Marc Joel Mendez, 41, was charged with failure to cease and render help leading to demise.

An arrest warrant affidavit states Mendez was the motive force in a truck that struck a pedestrian, recognized as Mario Bulger, 47, simply earlier than 1 a.m. on March 5 within the 8200 block of Culebra Road.

Bulger was taken to the hospital, the place he died shortly after.

Investigators mentioned they arrived on the scene and located clear plastic items from a car scattered on the highway. There was no roadway proof of breaking or swerving, police mentioned.

One witness instructed officers that they heard the affect and noticed a white truck driving away from the realm.

Hours after the crash, one other witness got here ahead and instructed officers that they have been with Mendez on the time of the incident.

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The witness, who was a passenger within the truck, mentioned that they had simply left a bar and have been headed to a different bar, the affidavit states. While on the best way, Mendez allegedly struck an object on the highway however didn’t flip round to test, police mentioned.

Mendez did pull over additional down the highway to examine his truck, a white 2015 GMC Sierra, police mentioned. The witness mentioned they seen the truck’s proper headlight had been broken.

Police later interviewed Mendez, and he instructed officers that he hit “something” whereas driving on Culebra Road however then grew to become uncooperative.

Investigators impounded his GMC truck and located the headlight injury was according to putting a pedestrian, police mentioned. The particles left on the roadway additionally matched the lacking components of the headlight.

The affidavit states that cellphone records positioned Mendez close to the positioning of the incident.

A warrant for his arrest was signed on Aug. 25, records show. He was arrested Tuesday and his bond is ready at $75,000.

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