Suspect in deadly Kyle hit-and-run arrested; vehicle still missing

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KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A driver who police say fled the scene after running into a bicyclist riding along Interstate 35 in Kyle last month has been arrested in Houston.

Kyle police say Gilbert Villegas, 47, of San Marcos, was arrested by the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force Wednesday morning. Villegas is accused of hitting and killing John Lyon, 53, of Kyle, on May 27. 

Lyon was riding on the southbound frontage road near Yarrington Lane when he was hit. His body wasn’t found until 11:45 a.m. that Sunday morning. At the time, police didn’t know how long his body had been on the side of the road.

Kyle police say evidence at the scene indicated the suspect vehicle was a charcoal gray 2009-2010 Kia Optima that had damage to the right front side. Authorities have not been able to find the suspect vehicle and believe it is currently being hidden. 

“We believe additional individuals and charges may be forthcoming, as it is possible that family or friends aided in covering up details about the accident up to and including hiding the Kia and making false statements to investigators,” Lt. Andre Marmolejo said.

If you know where the suspect vehicle might be, you’re asked to contact Kyle police. The vehicle has a Texas license plate number: DPT7314. 

Villegas is currently charged with accident involving death. 

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