An Austin man has been charged after police say he hit a pedestrian with his vehicle.
According to Police 22-year-old Tyler Liberty Roan, who was driving a black Ford Ranger, rear-ended another vehicle on the frontage road of I-35 near Oltorf. Both Roan and the victim pulled over as if they were going to exchange information, but Roan took off at the last minute.
The other driver followed Roan until he lost him in a nearby neighborhood. When he drove back to I-35, the victim's wife spotted Roan's vehicle. The driver got out of the vehicle and approached Roan who was stopped at a red light. As he was writing down his license plate number, Roan drove up on the curb towards the victim. The victim dove out of the way but was struck in the knee by Roan's Ford Ranger. Roan then ran the red light and sped off.
The victim believes Roan would have run over or killed him if he had not jumped out of the way.
The victim was able to write down the license plate number which police traced back to Roan. Officers went to Roan's residence to investigate. Roan pulled up in the Ranger which had front end damage consistent with the collision described by the victim.
Roan admitted to being involved in the accident. He told investigators that he tried to flee the scene because "he did not want the accident on his record because it would affect his job status." Roan also said that he did not intend to hit the victim but rather he was just trying to get away.
Roan was charged with aggravated assault with motor vehicle, second degree felony.