Crash team praised with helping find Kyle hit-and-run suspect


KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A highly skilled crash team is who the Kyle Police Department is crediting for the arrest of a hit-and-run suspect that left a bicyclist dead over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Police are still searching for the vehicle and say more charges may be possible for those covering up details of the crash.  

“Unfortunately, our department has investigated a lot of these fatality accidents, so they’ve gained a lot of experience investigating these accidents,” said Kyle Police Capt. Pedro Hernandez.

It was near mile marker 212 where police say they found 53-year-old John Lyon on Sunday, May 27. Lyon had been riding his bicycle along the frontage road of Interstate 35 when he was hit by a car. Mile Marker 212 is also where police say they found evidence, a side mirror that linked the crime to Gilbert Villegas.  

“The primary way we narrowed it down was the make and model of the vehicle,” said Hernandez.   Investigators ran a search for every 2009-2012 Kia Optima in the area, Villegas’ vehicle made the list.  

“They quickly realized that one of these vehicles registered to Mr. Villegas could not be located and neither could Mr. Villegas,” said Hernandez.  

Friends and family talked with police and say Villegas was in the area that night, but not everything is adding up. 

“We believe that there are individuals that we have interviewed that have not been forthcoming with all the information they know,” Hernandez said. But police say they’ll find out and when they do, more charges could come. 

“I am confident in saying we have one of the best accident crash investigation teams in this area,” said Hernandez. Hernandez says nine officers have been trained and are on the department’s crash team. He says their officers have even helped surrounding cities investigate crashes.  

The suspect’s vehicle is a charcoal gray 2009 or 2010 Kia Optima with damage to the right front side with Texas license plate number DPT7314. Investigators believe it’s been hidden. If you know anything, contact the Kyle Police Department at 512-268-3232. 

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