San Marcos CISD trustee Jesse Ponce Jr. is being treated at an Austin hospital after he was struck while riding his bicycle in an hit-and-run accident.
At about 8 p.m. Sunday, Ponce, accompanied by his son, was cycling in the 200 block of Staples Road near Laredo Street when the rear wheel of his bike was struck by a white or silver late-model passenger car, officials say. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene before police officers arrived.
Ponce was taken to Brackenridge Hospital where he is being treated for a broken tailbone and a cut face. He is the second elected official to be involved in a bicycle-vehicle accident in recent months.
On May 29, council member John Thomaides was struck as he bicycled downtown by a Chevrolet Silverado exiting Frost Bank. Thomaides injured his elbow when he was thrown from his bike.
A friend who came to Thomaides’ assistance got the license plate number of the vehicle but no charges were pressed because Thomaides was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk at the time in violation of both state law and a city ordinance prohibiting bike riding on Central Business District sidewalks.Email | Print