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Austin Police Looking For Driver In Deadly Hit And Run
On Monday morning, Austin police are asking for the public's help tracking down the driver of one two vehicles they say struck and killed a man overnight near two busy Austin highways. The driver of the second vehicle involved has turned herself in.
The accident happened on the southbound frontage road of I-35 underneath the 183 flyover, about 20 to 25 feet north of Research Boulevard.
Police say around 11:12 p.m. Sunday a man was crossing the road mid-block when two vehicles struck him. For the next three hours, police shut down the intersection, plus hundreds of feet of the frontage road between Research Boulevard and Rundberg, as they investigated. Police say witnesses describe the first vehicle as a red pickup truck, the other as a four-door dark-colored sedan. They didn't know the make and model or have license plate numbers.
Police don't know the name of the man who was killed, only describing him as a Hispanic man in his late 40s. Officers say the person who called 911 saw the actual collision, with another woman pulling over to keep other cars from hitting the person in the street.
"Whenever we got here, there was a vehicle that was parked before the victim," said Sgt. David Crowder of the Austin Police Department. "She (the driver) stopped and did get out, she didn't want anybody else to hit him. She did not see the actual collision, she just saw two cars parked, and then they both left the scene."
Around 11:45 p.m., officers at APD dispatch tell us a woman in the sedan turned herself in, calling police from her house and telling officers she thought she might have hit somebody. Officers went to process her vehicle, but they are not releasing her name or age. Officers say the report does not indicate whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.
Sgt. Crowder had said previously those responsible are facing at least a charge of failure to stop and render aid.
According to police, it's Austin’s 12th traffic death of 2013 and the third pedestrian death. Police tell us more than 700 hit and run accidents have already happened in Austin in 2013. In 2012, there were around 9,000.
By Adam Bennett