3rd family member charged in Kyle bicyclist hit-and-run

Kevin Deleon

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A nephew of the man accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist in Kyle and then driving away has been charged with tampering with evidence and false report to a police officer. 

Kevin Sean Deleon, 31, is the third member of the same family to be charged in connection with the hit-and-run that killed 53-year-old John Lyon of Kyle.

Lyon was riding on the Interstate 35 southbound frontage on May 27 when he was hit near Yarrington Lane. His body was found around 11:45 a.m.

Gilbert Villegas, 47, was arrested in Houston on June 20 on a charge of accident involving death. Police had asked the public for help finding the car Villegas is alleged to have driven the day of the crash, a gray Kia Optima with a missing side view mirror.

Kyle police said Monday the car has been found by the Texas DPS Aviation Unit in a remote area of Comal County. 

“Investigators were diligent in their efforts to locate Villegas, and arrest two of his family members for their involvement in covering up the hit and run,” Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said. “Locating the vehicle was a key piece of the puzzle and now we have that as well. ”

Villegas’ brother, 50-year-old Daniel Villegas, was arrested on June 29 on a charge of tampering with evidence. 

Chief Barnett said the landowner, who is not related to the suspect, did not know the vehicle was hidden in a building on his property.

Deleon was already in Hays County Jail on an unrelated charge when Kyle police served him with the arrest warrants. His bond was set at $28,000 and he was released from jail on July 1.

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