Hit and Run Fatalities

Hit and Run Fatalities

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Friday night around 10:45, police say a vehicle was turning left from Pecan Brook onto Springdale in Northeast Austin.

Another vehicle going northbound on Springdale ran the red light and t-boned the vehicle turning left, killing its driver.

Apparently, the driver who ran the red light got out of the car and took off on foot but police caught up with him.

The driver will face 2 charges of "failure to stop and render aid" as well as "intoxication man slaughter" and "intoxicated assault."

Then at 7:40 Saturday morning on Highway 183 near Austin-Bergstrom Airport, a body was found.

"We didn't have any reports of any collisions in the area. Nobody's said they hit anybody in the area so yeah, it's possible it could be a hit and run collision," said Corporal Ken McDonnell with Austin Police.

McDonnell says there was car debris around the body -- bits of a glass and part of a passenger side mirror.

The man didn't have an ID on him so police have no idea who he is right now.

Linda Barnes' grandpa's abandoned old house is right next door.

After making sure her family members were all accounted for, she told us what it's like out there at night.

"Well it's pretty dark...pretty dark. The only lights we have is the "Pay-Less gas" lights. But if somebody were to be walking down the highway, there's no way somebody else could see him," Barnes said.

As FOX 7 has reported many times recently, hit and runs are seemingly becoming more abundant here in the Austin area.

"That's pretty terrible. Even if you think it's a dog or something, you at least should stop and see what you hit," Barnes said.

"Obviously vehicles and people don't work well in the same space together. So...obviously if you're a pedestrian you want to try and stay off the roadways. You know, you want to try and be facing toward the traffic if you're already walking. It's best to be in a well-lit area and this area here is not lit at all at nighttime so...all of those can make for a bad combination," McDonnell said.

 

Austin police say they aren't sure how long the body had been out there.

The sun had just come up so it could have happened overnight sometime.

Police say an autopsy will be done on the body. In the meantime it is being investigated by the Vehicular Homicide Unit.

Police say he's a Hispanic male anywhere from 25-35 years old, thin to medium build, wearing a red plaid shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots.

 

And if you know who this guy is, you can call the Vehicular Homicide Unit at 512-974-5789.

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