Suspect arrested for hit and run that killed Texas state student

The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run in San Marcos earlier this month has been arrested.

On January 3, a van truck collided with an 18-year-old state of texas Houston student and resident Iliana Velez’s Mazda on I-35 northbound near Wonder World Drive at around 2:15 a.m.

The collision flipped Velez’s vehicle and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van fled in his vehicle.

Since the crash, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) has been investigating a fatal crash, a felony-level infraction.

SMPD collision investigators have identified Jordan Michael Sannicola, 28, of Hondo, as the suspect in the crash that resulted in Velez’s death.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sannicola on January 29.

According to SMPD, Sannicola is a contract worker for a North Carolina-based trucking company. He was seen on Amazon surveillance video arriving at the company’s Kyle distribution facility about 15 minutes after the collision.

The van truck he was driving when he arrived at the facility matched surveillance photos released by the SMPD earlier this month.

Courtesy of San Marcos Police Department

“After requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect, our department has received multiple tips for contacting Amazon,” San Marcos Police Sgt. Sam Myers said. “Our investigators were able to establish a positive match with the truck when it arrived at Kyle’s location. We greatly appreciate the public’s assistance in this investigation, which ultimately allowed us to identify the suspect.”

The SMPD was able to obtain a warrant for Sannicola’s arrest for accident resulting in death, a second degree felony, and he was taken into custody without incident.

When he was arrested, Sannicola had outstanding Kendall County warrants for one count of escape arrest in a vehicle and two counts of child abandonment/endangerment.

Sannicola remains in the Kendall County Jail on $185,000 bond.

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