2 people killed in 2 wrecks involving wrong-way driver on Loop 410

2 people killed in 2 wrecks involving wrong-way driver on Loop 410


SAN ANTONIO – Two drivers were killed minutes apart in separate crashes caused by the same car heading the wrong way on a South Side highway, according to San Antonio police.

Police have identified the second driver killed as Jay Simon Mejia, 33, who was pronounced dead at 3:07 a.m. Thursday after his vehicle was struck head-on.

According to SAPD, the first crash occurred around 2:45 a.m. on the eastbound main lanes of Loop 410 at Roosevelt Road.

Police said a silver 2014 Mazda car was traveling eastbound on the highway when a wrong-way vehicle approached.

The driver of the Mazda swerved to miss the oncoming vehicle and crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler, causing his car to become wedged under the big rig. The driver was pronounced dead at 3:04 a.m., and he has not been identified.

The wrong-way driver continued heading west in the eastbound lanes and caused two more crashes, police said.

His car crashed head-on into Mejia’s vehicle, causing them both to spin.

Mejia’s vehicle landed on the driver’s side in a grassy median between the main lanes and the access road.

Police said the wrong-way driver and his female passenger exited the vehicle before it caught on fire.

They were both transported to University Hospital.

The wrong-way driver was intoxicated, police said. He is facing two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

San Antonio police officers investigate a crash on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, at Loop 410 and Roosevelt Road. (KSAT)

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