• January 24, 2022

Oscar Valdez Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident on Research Blvd in Austin, TX

UPDATE (February 3, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as Oscar Carreon Valdez.

Authorities released further information about the vehicle that struck Valdez and left the scene. Investigators believe it is a silver or gray colored Mercedes-Benz sedan that may have damage to its front passenger side and would be missing its passenger side mirror.

Austin, TX -- January 23, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Research Boulevard in north Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 2:00 a.m. on the 8000 block of Research Boulevard near the North Lamar Boulevard intersection. Preliminary investigation suggests that the victim exited his vehicle after a previous collision and was inspecting it when he was struck by a passing car. The car then left the scene without stopping.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Oscar Valdez Hit-and-Run on Research Blvd in Austin

It's shameful and frustrating to see another hit-and-run incident on Texas roads. Tracking down the suspect and finding out why they left the scene are paramount, so it's vital that police remain diligent and community members come forward with any information they can provide to help apprehend the driver. So far there seem to be few leads, but it's encouraging that authorities seem to know the manufacturer and color of vehicle they're looking for--as well as some recognizable damages on it. While those details don't guarantee a swift identification of the car, they're more than police often have to start with.

Hopefully that evidence is just a starting point and further details will come to light soon. It's important going forward that police share any developments with the community so they can keep an eye out for the vehicle and its operator. Keeping all the available information in the public eye often leads to someone connecting the dots and helping to identify the suspect. It may take some time but if they keep at it there is often a positive resolution--either when the offender sees him- or herself in the news or when someone else recognizes them or their car from reports. For instance, an East Texas driver recently hit a child in a crosswalk and fled only to be arrested across the country a few weeks later when someone saw his sports car's fairly unique description on television and called police.

Once the suspect is in custody hopefully investigators will find out what motivated them to abandon someone they hit with their vehicle. They might simply have panicked, but in many cases something else (illegal contraband, outstanding warrants, drunk driving) contributed to their poor decision. Only time and thorough investigation will tell, but as long as everyone does what they can I remain confident justice will be served.

Oscar Valdez Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident on Research Blvd in Austin, TX

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