Kyle man killed in rollover after hit-and-run

A Kyle man was killed in a rollover accident late Wednesday after attempting to flee the scene of a hit-and-run collision with another vehicle.

Authorities have identified Michael Alan Rentz, 21, of Kyle, as the victim in an accident that occurred on Bebee Road near Fountain Grove in Kyle around 11:50 p.m., according to a city of Kyle press release.

Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said in a statement the accident was originally dispatched to authorities as a “possible hit and run.”

When officers arrived, they located a 2004 red Pontiac Grand Am with heavy rollover damage.

According to the release, officers found a male subject, later identified as the driver, Rentz, lying on the ground next to the vehicle. Barnett said the man was deceased on scene with severe head trauma. Officers later learned witnesses to the crash extricated the man before realizing he was deceased.

Hays County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Beth Smith pronounced Rentz deceased at the scene and has ordered an autopsy.

Barnett said authorities learned during their investigation that Rentz was involved in a minor accident with a 2003 Lincoln Aviator at Bebee Road and the Interstate 35 east frontage road. Rentz fled the scene of the accident, Barnett said.

The driver of the SUV followed Rentz as he was fleeing the scene, according to the release

The SUV driver observed Rentz drive off of the roadway, overcorrect, and then slide up the guardrail and roll multiple times.

“Multiple witnesses advised Rentz was driving at a very high rate of speed when his car hit the guardrail,” Barnett said.

Kyle Police have notified Rentz’s next of kin, Barnett said. No criminal charges are pending as a result of the accident.

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