courtesy Kyle Police Department

Suspect arrested in fatal Kyle hit-and-run

June 20, 2018 - 4:46 pm

KYLE, Texas (KJCE) -- A suspect has been arrested in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Kyle late last month, officials say.

Kyle Police say 47-year old Gilbert Villegas, a San Marcos resident, was apprehended Wednesday morning in the Houston area. Villegas is facing a charge of Accident Involving Death, which is a second-degree felony.

Investigators say Villegas struck 53-year old John Lyon while he was riding a bicycle along the Interstate 35 frontage road near Yarrington Road on May 27. Police believe Villegas, who did not stop to render aid, fled the area after the accident. Lyon's body was discovered by the driver of another vehicle.

"Based on evidence at the crash scene, authorities were searching for a charcoal gray 2009-2010 Kia Optima that would be missing the right front passenger side mirror and would likely have damage to the bumper on that same side," Lt. Andre Marmolejo said.

Though Villegas is in custody, police say the vehicle involved in the crash has not been recovered. "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," Marmolejo said.

Police say they believe the vehicle is being hidden and they're asking for the public's help in locating it. The vehicle is described as a dark grey 2010 Kia Optima, with Texas license plate DPT7314. "If you see this vehicle, please contact the Kyle Police Department at (512) 268-3232 or local law enforcement," Marmolejo said. "We do not advise trying to establish any contact with individuals and urge witnesses to allow law enforcement to handle the situation."

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force, along with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the US Marshal's Office assisted with the investigation.

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