Police have made an arrest in the hit and run crash at a south Austin car dealership earlier this month.
Mechanics at an Austin body shop are preparing to repair about a half dozen of the 18 damaged sedans from South Point Hyundai.
The others appear destined for the scrap yard. Thursday, Austin Police released the March 13 call to the 911 Center from a woman who witnessed the early morning crash at the dealership.
"Austin 911 do you need Police, Fire, EMS?" a dispatcher asked.
"All of them I guess, I just saw a car accident right here in front of the Hyundai on the Motor Mile," the witness said.
The front row of new cars at South Point Hyundai looked as if they had gone through a demolition derby.
A robotic security camera captured part of the moment a silver sedan slashed across the car lot from the southbound frontage road of I-35.
"And there's like cars crashed and the car flipped upside down and its one fire," said the witness.
A survivor from that upside down car was spotted by the 911 caller. A blurry image shows that person in the lower right corner of the security video.
"What's the address of your emergency?" the dispatcher asked.
"I don't know I just saw a car accident and the guy is like running and he's panicked. All right hold on hold on. Do you know where South Point Hyundai is?" the witness said.
It's estimated that the damage at the dealership totaled more than a half million dollars.
Police arrested 23 year old Hipolito Rebollar. He is charged with Reckless Driving and Leaving the Scene of a Crash. Both are Class B Misdemeanor crimes.
After answering my knock at his SE Austin Apartment, Rebollar told me he ran from the crash scene because he was scared.
"It was my sister's brand new car, and I grabbed it without permission," said Rebollar.
Trashing her new car may explain why she made her own 911 call after he showed up at her house.
"Your brother was in an accident?" a dispatcher asked.
"He crashed, he um he crashed and he left the place. He left the car," Rebollar's sister said.
Rebollar was not alone when he lost control and crashed, two friends were with him. He was taken to the hospital to treat minor injuries before he was arrested. His two friends also escaped without suffering serious injuries. No charges have been filed against them. Rebollar denies he was driving drunk.
"We had bottles but we were not drinking, we were on the way to drink," said Rebollar, who indicated a lead foot was at fault.
"Yes I just lost it, driving a little too fast," he said.
Paying for what happened may go well beyond jail time. Rebollar could be stuck with a pricey car note as part of court ordered restitution.