San Marcos police say they are still waiting to hear from the driver of a pickup truck that plunged off a steep embankment and landed in the midst of a pool party this weekend at a student housing complex.
Witnesses told police that the Ford F-150 veered off the Retreat at San Marcos’ entrance road, crashed through a fence and struck a gazebo roof before landing on its side 15 feet below street level next to the complex’s resort-style swimming pool.
“It didn’t quite end up in the pool, but it was close,” said San Marcos police Sgt. Fred Wisener.
When officers Brady Templeton and Jason Scott arrived at the complex at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, the driver of the totaled vehicle and its four or five passengers had fled in different directions, Wisener said.
No onlookers were hurt but two alleged passengers of the runaway truck later turned up at Central Texas Medical Center to get treated for injuries, Wisener said. The sergeant said he did not know badly they were hurt except that one of is listed in a police report as having sustained “incapacitating injuries.”
Neither of the two injured passengers would cooperate with the investigation and the truck’s owner, Elizabeth Castillo of Humble, has not yet responded to officers’ efforts to reach her, Wisener said.
Reached by phone this afternoon, Castillo told the Mercury that no one from the police department has been in touch with her . She said her son was driving the vehicle at the time of accident and has been in contact with apartment management about damages.
Castillo said, “My son and all the kids are okay. That’s the most important part. And they want to take responsibility for their actions.” She ended the phone call when asked how the accident occurred.
The driver could be charged with hit-and-run, Wisener said, for leaving the scene of an auto accident that resulted in injuries and property damage.
Under the Texas Transportation Code, leaving the scene of an accident that results in serious bodily injury is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison. Leaving the scene when there are more minor injuries can still carry a sentence of up to five years; fleeing an accident when there is property damage but no injuries is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by as many as 180 days in county jail.
A woman who identified herself as the Retreat’s general manager declined to discuss the mishap.