Woman killed in fiery crash, two flee scene, authorities report

A fatal fiery crash on the northeast side of San Antonio early Friday morning has left one woman dead and two others hospitalized, according to authorities. The tragic incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on the 281 exit ramp heading towards the 410 west area. The exit ramp was temporarily closed for investigation but was later reopened after several hours.

The collision was initiated when a Hyundai Santa Cruz was rear-ended by a driver operating a Ford Bronco erratically, leading to the Santa Cruz flipping over and the Ford Bronco bursting into flames. Disturbing footage captured the Ford Bronco completely engulfed in fire. Two individuals from the Santa Cruz were rushed to the hospital, with one of them, identified as 76-year-old Dr. Eden Nuval, succumbing to her injuries, as confirmed by the Medical Examiner.

Dr. Nuval, a retired anesthesiology specialist from California, previously employed at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, was described by the hospital as an integral member of their team dedicated to community care, expressing profound sorrow at her untimely passing. She is survived by her nieces, nephews, and siblings.

Her nephew, Anthony Nuval, recounted that Dr. Nuval was en route to the San Antonio Airport to board a flight back home when the tragic accident occurred. He fondly remembered her warmth, generosity, and love for travel, highlighting her current vacation in San Antonio. Dr. Nuval’s younger sister, who was also in the vehicle, fortunately escaped with minor injuries.

Following the crash, two individuals from the Ford Bronco fled the scene, prompting a search by law enforcement. Authorities urge anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. The sudden loss of Dr. Eden Nuval serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by reckless driving and the importance of road safety.

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