Boanerge “Bo” Herrera Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-35 in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- November 20, 2021, 18-year-old Boanerge "Bo" Herrera was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on Interstate 35 in Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 11:45 p.m. on the 12300 block of North I-35 near Parmer Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Herrera was in a Honda vehicle that became involved in a crash on the southbound interstate. The car's occupants got out after the collision, at which point Herrera was hit by a passing vehicle that left the scene without stopping. The Honda's other occupant also fled the scene before police arrived.
Herrera suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Bo Herrera Accident on I-35 in Austin
It's both saddening and hugely frustrating any time a driver causes catastrophic damage and then leaves the scene without offering any assistance. Hit-and-run accidents are far too common everywhere, and most of them share a similar rubric when it comes to investigation: First the runaway drivers must be identified, then apprehended, then questioned about what possible reason they could have to leave someone dying in the road. Any further action beyond that, both in terms of criminal charges and identifying anything else to investigate, depends in large part what the suspects have to say for themselves.
Finding out not only who was involved here but also why they ran is critical for any victim or family affected by a hit-and-run like this. Depending on why someone left the scene, there could be unique consequences for more parties than just the driver who failed to stop. For example, drunk driving is a common issue in hit-and-run crashes, and if the driver was impaired to the point of choosing to leave the scene that could mean a local alcohol provider is also liable for the victim's tragic passing under dram shop law.
However, before anyone can speak to the suspect's motive there's plenty of work to be done finding them. What police must do now--search for sources of information like witnesses or traffic cam footage--is crucial to that process. There's still hope that the driver's conscience may ultimately send them to a local police station to confess, but that can't be counted on. These situations more often reach a resolution when someone--a friend, family member, or just a body shop worker who is asked to fix suspicious damage--connects the dots and comes forward with important information the police can use to make an arrest. I remain hopeful that continued efforts from the community and the police will see justice done here.