On June 6, 2015, our community suffered yet another preventable death. At around 6:30 pm, Brian Silva, was riding his bike south on Johnny Morris Road when he was hit by a car. He was pronounced dead at Brackenridge Hospital at approximately 7:15 pm that same night. In his possession, Brian Silva had his paycheck stub and his cell phone. His paycheck stub had his name and correct address on it. However, it was over 22 hours until the family was notified of their son’s death.
This fact will be very difficult for the family to overcome. There were many missed opportunities to notify the family that night. The search for Brian started a few hours after his death. It began by numerous calls to his cell phone. Then at approximately 1:20 am, June 7, 2015, Brian’s mother made a missing persons report with 911. At that time a TCSO Deputy came out to Brian’s house to meet his mother and get pictures of the boy.
Why wasn’t his mother notified at that point?
Well, this brings up an issue of whether APD and TCSO have a shared database. Surely it was entered into APD’s database that Brian Silva was hit on a bike on Johnny Morris. If this assumption is true, then this leaves a huge void to the question of whether APD and TCSO have a shared database. The distance of where the collision occurred and Brian’s house is around 4 miles. So between 4 miles of coverage by APD and TCSO, are we to assume the is ZERO communication between APD and TCSO?