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Man killed in early morning 'hit and run' on MoPac

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A man was killed in a "hit and run" on MoPac Sunday morning.

Austin Police got the call around 2:17 am Sunday.
A witness told police they saw a man walking along MoPac going southbound in the northbound lanes.

"He was walking on the far east side of the roadway and then suddenly tried to cross heading westbound," said Sgt. Stephen Andreini with Austin Police.
That's when police say the 24-year-old white male was hit by a small pickup truck.
The driver just kept driving.
The young man was pronounced dead on the scene.

"We had a witness that said it was a late '90s smaller truck, dark in color.  Possibly blue.  Some front-end damage, possibly some broken headlights and so forth," Andreini said.

Crystal Luna knows all too well how it feels to lose someone in a hit and run.

In November, her cousin, 53-year-old Steven Bedford was hit and killed by a driver as he was walking from a convenience store back to his house on FM 969.

"We did a press conference with crime stoppers.  They put out a reward, I think it was I believe $1,000," Luna said.

Luna says law enforcement don't have any leads yet on who hit her cousin.

"It's to the point where I don't even want to go out by myself anymore or I don't want my son going out and playing in neighborhoods anymore because of the way people are treating people and the way they're treating life," she said.

After Sunday morning's hit and run on MoPac, Luna has a message for the drivers responsible for such crimes.

"Come forward.  Come forward.  Help our families.  All of our families, for anyone who has been in a hit and run accident to get justice," she said.

Thanks to new laws, the penalty for "failure to stop and render aid" when someone is killed is now a second degree felony instead of a third.

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