© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

SAPD Officer Ernesto Vasquez Dies After Months In Coma


An eight-year San Antonio Police Department officer has died after spending more than seven months in a coma. Officer Ernesto Vasquez died on Sunday, according to Police Chief William McManus.

The chief says Officer Vasquez was injured in a hit-and-run while he was off-duty on New Year’s Eve. “He’s been in a convalescing home for the last several months and never really came out of his coma, so we had hoped for the best that he would come around but it never happened.”

Vasquez was assigned to North Patrol's B-shift. His common-law wife, Diana Lopez, is accused of running over him on New Year’s Eve last year. McManus was unsure Sunday if Lopez is facing any charges.