Police seek driver in New Year's hit-and-run

Police seek driver in New Year's hit-and-run

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Police are searching for the suspect in a hit-and-run that happened on New Year's in downtown Austin.

Police say a man hit a woman with his truck and drove off. A city HALO camera captured everything that happened in the intersection of 7th and the I-35 frontage road. It just wasn't close enough to pick up the truck's license plate.

It happened at 2:30 a.m. just as crowds were leaving downtown. The light was red at 7th and the west I-35 frontage road, when a truck pulled up to the intersection and hit a woman walking across. The victim was knocked off her feet and into the crosswalk.

"She was struck by a pickup truck and unfortunately the pickup truck ended up leaving the scene before police arrived," APD Detective Renee Fox said.

Fox says the light colored truck is believed to be a Toyota four-door Tacoma.

"The passenger did get out of the truck and try to check on the victim, but got back in and fled with the truck," Fox said.

The victim's friend approached the driver as other friends moved the victim out of the road. When the light turned green, the truck drove away.

"The victim was transported to the hospital and she had non-life threatening injuries," Fox said.

Fox says someone knows who the driver is. He is facing a charge of failure to stop and render aid.

"It's the responsibility of the driver to stop and they have to identify themselves and especially if there are injuries and wait for the police to arrive so it can be documented," Fox said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call APD's Leaving the Scene Unit at 512-974-6935.

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