Trucker Sends Police on Manhunt (For Himself) Following Deadly Crash
San Antonio, TX – A 29-year-old trucker has been arrested following a deadly hit-and-run that took place on Interstate 10 early Friday morning.
According to police, the fatal accident occurred just after 5:30 a.m. along I-10 near Dominion Road.
A semi truck rear-ended a black Ford Fiesta, driven by a 46-year-old woman.
The woman, whose identity has not yet been revealed by authorities, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.
Several hours later, police received a phone call about a suspicious big rig located almost 20 miles from the site of the accident, near Bowie and Crockett Streets downtown, local outlet KSAT reported.
The truck — an International ProStar — was owned by Victorville, CA trucking company Midnight Trucklines.
“You can see extensive damage on this 18-wheeler and still, pieces of the victim’s car are caught under the rear wheel,” Officer Douglas Greene of the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) said of the badly damaged tractor.
Inside the semi, police located 29-year-old Justin Antwan Jackson of Phelan, CA.
Jackson told officers he was a passenger in the big rig and was asleep at the time of the crash.
According to KSAT reporting, Jackson indicated to police the driver of the semi fled from the truck.
Jackson described the man as approximately 6’3″ with short dreadlocks.
He was wearing a burgundy shirt and gray pants, Jackson informed officers.
Police immediately put out a search for anyone matching that description and asking the public to call SAPD with any information.
Additionally, a police helicopter was deployed to search for the missing driver.
Following the review of security camera footage downtown and visiting with Midnite Trucklines, police determined Jackson lied to authorities and was in fact the driver of the semi.
He was arrested and faces a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid.
This isn’t Jackson’s first run in with the law.
In May 2019, Jackson was arrested for allegedly trying to sell a stolen cargo trailer online after police received an anonymous tip, according to California’s Victor Valley News.
Officers located the stolen trailer in Jackson’s yard and arrested him without incident.
He was later released on bail.
TransportationNation.com will continue to bring you updates on Jackson’s latest arrest in San Antonio as more information becomes available.
Photos courtesy SAPD and KSAT