UPDATE: Driver of 18-wheeler that killed woman claims employer told him to lie to authorities

SAN ANTONIO, TX – According to KSAT, the driver of an 18-wheeler that killed a woman Friday morning is in custody, and he claims his employer urged him to lie to authorities.

In an update to a previous story, Justin Antwan Jackson, 29, has been charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid after his truck hit a Ford Fiesta on Interstate 10 around 5:30 a.m last Friday.

Jackson was driving south in the far right lane when his 18-wheeler approached the stalled Ford, according to an arrest affidavit. Jackson told police he swerved to avoid a vehicle that he believed was merging into his lane, and he claims he did not see the Ford until it was too late to avoid crashing into it.

The driver of the Ford Fiesta, Donna Falkenberg, 46, was killed in the collision.

Jackson left the scene in the 18-wheeler, and was found by police at the intersection of Bowie Street and East Crockett Street in downtown San Antonio.

After being arrested, Jackson told police he was involved in the crash. He told authorities he didn’t know the Ford was occupied until he saw on the news that its occupant had been killed in the crash, according to the affidavit.

Jackson claimed he knew it was “common sense” to stay at the scene of the crash, but told police his employer encouraged him to lie to authorities, according to the affidavit.

According to Bexar County Court records, Jackson remains in custody and awaits indictment.

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