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San Antonio—Cyclist Struck by Vehicle on I-10 Identified

Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 1:33 am    

The identity of the 58-year-old cyclist who was hit by a DUI driver on Interstate 10 has been released by local authorities, according to a local news source.

He was named as Naji Tanios Kayruz, 58. He was a surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in San Antonio.

Initial investigation shows that Kayruz was riding his bike along the 21000 block of Interstate 10 West when he was struck by a BMW SUV. He was pronounced dead following the impact.

The driver of the hitting vehicle fled the scene. She was identified as 48-year-old Melissa Nicole Peoples. Peoples was later arrested and booked into the Bexar County Jail on a total bail of $50,000. Her charges include intoxication manslaughter and failing to stop and render aid.

The crash remains under investigation.

It is unfortunate to hear of unnamed driver’s passing, but it is even more unfortunate to realize that he is not the first one whose life is taken away by a car accident. Car accidents like this are fairly common in this day and age. In fact, in a statistics done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and there is always a car accident that results in death every 16 minutes. This can be translated to roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and about 90 people dying in car accidents every day just in the U.S. alone.

Three of the most common causes of car accidents are DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol), speeding, and driving while distracted. Additionally, still by the NHTSA, about 15% of fatal car accidents occur near intersections while 85% occur on the open road.

If you are a victim of this kind of accident yourself, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please don’t hesitate to ask for help. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, car accident lawyers are more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.


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