HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A driver has been arrested for leaving the scene after allegedly hitting and killing a man near Kyle this past weekend, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
DPS investigators say a Hays County deputy pulled over to help a truck Saturday night that drove into a ditch near Kyle. The deputy didn’t realize at the time that the truck was in the ravine along County Road 157 because it hit a man walking along the road.
The body of 32-year-old Michael Delaney May Sr. was found in the ditch Sunday morning.
Around 7:51 a.m. Sunday, the Texas DPS was called to investigate a deadly crash involving a pickup truck and a pedestrian on Goforth Road near Kyle.
The owner of nearby convenience store Aca Paco’s, located at 2700 Goforth Rd., told DPS that his security cameras caught part of the crash. The store owner was able to identify the pickup truck and its owner.
Hays County deputies also told DPS they saw the same truck the night before.
Using that information, authorities were able to find the pickup truck in the 500 block of Cotton Gin Road — not far from the crash scene — with damage to passenger side headlamp and windshield.
Tony Alberto Ponce-Zamora, 22, of Kyle, was found by investigators and admitted to driving at the time of the crash and leaving the scene, according to DPS.
Ponce-Zamora told investigators a deputy arrived shortly after the crash happened and he didn’t tell the deputy about the person he hit, DPS said.
Investigators say, due to Ponce-Zamora withholding information about the crash, the victim was not given medical attention and died on the side of the road due to his injuries.
Records show Ponce-Zamora is currently being held in the Hays County Jail on a charge of failure to stop and render aid—resulting in death and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer.
Bond has been set at $50,000.