Car parts and witnesses lead police to suspect fatal hit and run on the northeast side



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A man accused of killing a pedestrian crossing a street on the northeast side was arrested on Friday.

Raybert Diaz, 45, has been accused of failing to stop and providing assistance resulting in death. His bond is set at $ 150,000.

On Tuesday evening, a witness approached a parked police officer to report that a red Volkswagen sedan struck Herbert Vincent Kearney, 63, at around 9:30 p.m. in the 9400 block of Perrin Beital Road, according to a warrant affidavit from ‘stop.

Kearney was found lying on the rocky landscaping of a nearby storage company. Roadside evidence indicated he was crossing Perrin Beital in the southern lanes when he was hit, San Antonio police said.

Detectives found parts of a red sedan strewn across the scene, including a red right side mirror cap, interior fender, bumper bracket and other red car parts.

The part numbers on the parts indicated that the car was a “tornado red” Volkswagen Jetta from model year 2019 or later, the affidavit states. Another label read “fecha 11-20-20” which meant the car had been manufactured at the end of 2020, possibly a 2021 model.

On Thursday, a person who saw a television report on the crash drew police attention to an apartment in Perrin Beitel’s 3900 block, according to the affidavit.

Investigators found a tornado red 2021 Volkswagen Jetta parked near the apartment. His license plate was just a letter of information a witness gave to the police on the night of the accident. The Jetta was also damaged, including a dented hood and a broken windshield, investigators said. It was registered with Diaz.

Investigators learned that Diaz worked at Volkswagen in Alamo Heights. Police contacted the dealership and obtained Diaz’s number.

Meanwhile, officers spoke to a resident who had been drinking with Diaz the night before the crash, the affidavit states.

The resident told police they were drinking at the pool and Diaz had beer as well as shots of rum. The person said Diaz was severely intoxicated, the affidavit states.

When police questioned Diaz about the crash, he said he hit a deer. A detective responded, saying the damage was inconsistent with Diaz’s story, but Diaz insisted he hit a deer, police said.

The detective then told Diaz that parts of his Jetta had been found at the crash site. Diaz asked the police to speak to his lawyer and the questioning stopped, according to the affidavit.

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