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APD looking for driver in hit & run death

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There was a fatal hit and run Sunday night that, according to Austin police, involved not one, but two vehicles.

The latest deadly auto-pedestrian collision took place around 11:00 p.m. Sunday. It happened at the northwest corner of the I-35 Hwy 183 flyover, not far from where Benjamin Martin said he was panhandling.

"I was walking toward St. Johns to get me something to eat, and I heard a bam and a scream," said Martin.

Investigators said a man fell in the roadway while trying to avoid oncoming traffic and was hit by two vehicles, a truck then a sedan.

"Both drivers left the scene," said APD Spokesperson SPO Veneza Aguinaga-Bremner.

Several minutes later, at the 911 center a call came in from the driver of the sedan asking to speak with police. Meanwhile, the search for the driver of the truck continued.

"As soon as you leave the scene of a crash and you do not render aid to the person that was struck, regardless of whether life was savable, or not, you will be charged with failure to stop and render aid at a minimum."

This is the third auto-pedestrian fatality in Austin this year. In 2012 there were 26 pedestrians hit and killed in Austin. That's an average of slightly more than two a month.

Local authorities recognize they have a problem and have launched several campaigns to address it.

Police started handing out tickets last year as part of an initiative called the Pedestrian - Enforcement - Safety - Team. Those walking as well as those traveling on wheels were cited for violations.

The law is simple. Drivers must always stop for a person in a crosswalk regardless of where they are. That includes stopping for those on the opposite side of the road in a crosswalk and waiting while making turns regardless of the light being red or green.

Pedestrians must also follow basic safety rules.

However, less than 12 hours after a man died under the Hwy 183 Flyover Benjamin Martin spotted several people making a similar dangerous crossings .

"I see it all the time," said Martin as a man dashed across the roadway dodging traffic.

Taking such a risk is a personal decision that authorities are determined to break, but realize it will not be easy.

"They think ‘Oh it will never happen to me,' and then it does and then you're dead and you can't, or seriously injured and there is nothing that you can do about it then," said Bremner.

The name of the man killed has not been released yet. If you have any information contact APD's Vehicular Homicide Unit at 512-974-5789.

LINK: Driver and Pedestrian information

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