Austin police begging drivers to do the right thing after two people are killed in hit-and-run crashes over the weekend. And then Monday morning--another hit-and-run that left two women hospitalized with serious injuries.
This latest case is pretty disturbing. Officers say the driver got angry and purposely ran down innocent people.
Police have charged 22-year-old Osvaldo Galarza-Najera with two counts of intoxication assault. Two additional charges are pending.
Police say Galarza-Najera went to a taco stand in the 8600 block of North Lamar Monday morning shortly before 3 a.m. He was apparently beligerant and employees refused to serve him.
Police say he got angry. Went to his truck, backed up into a pole and then drove forward into a group of customers.
Two women were taken to the hospital. One had a pelvis fracture, the second a femur fracture. Both are in serious condition. According to EMS, three others were treated on the scene.
Meanwhile, police say Galarza-Najera drove off, but was arrested a couple miles away.
Officers say he smelled like alcohol and the DWI taskforce was brought in to test him.
Alcohol is one reason why police say people are leaving injury and fatal accidents.
"At some point people have to do the right thing," APD Corporal Anthony Hipolito said.
There have been 91 failure to stop and render aid cases and six deaths so far this year. Last year at this time, there were 90 failure to stop and render aid cases and two deaths.