SAN ANTONIO- Police are looking for the 26-year-old driver of an SUV who fled the scene of a deadly crash Sunday.
The accident happened around 1:40 p.m. Sunday on southbound Interstate 35 near Loop 410. Two children were killed in the accident. According to police, 4-year-old Jesse Panchame and 6-year old Keylin Panchame lost their lives when the white Ford Expedition they were riding in had a blowout. Officers say neither child was properly strapped into their seats and were thrown from the vehicle when the driver lost control of the SUV, hit a guard rail, and rolled over.
The SUV landed in front of oncoming traffic on Interstate 35.
“The 18-wheeler was southbound on the interstate, I believe in the left hand lane. When one of the children was ejected, he struck the child,” said Detective Tim O’Connell.
Little Jesse died at the scene. Keylin was airlifted to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Two other passengers in the SUV, the children's 25-year-old mother and a 15-year-old boy, were also taken to University Hospital. They are expected to recover from their injuries.
Police don’t know why the 26-year-old driver of the SUV took off or where he was headed. The driver of the 18-wheeler will not face any charges.