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Woman accused of fatally striking cyclist near the Dominion out on bond

February 12, 2019

A woman accused last week of driving drunk and rear-ending a cyclist near the Dominion was released on bond Friday.

Melissa Peoples posted bonds totaling $50,000 for charges of intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid resulting in death, according to court records.

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San Antonio Police said Peoples was driving a BMW SUV when she fatally struck Dr. Naji Tanios Kayruz, 58, at about 5:15 p.m. on the access road in the 21000 block of West Interstate 10.

Kayruz, who had practiced medicine for 35 years, the last 27 in Texas, was found dead when officers arrived at the scene. He was in full cycling gear when the incident occurred, police said.

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Investigators said Peoples did not stop to check on Kayruz and drove away from the scene. She got into a fender bender with another vehicle on I-10 and Camp Bullis, and left that scene as well, police said.

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested her a short time after the accidents, police said.

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