Pedestrian Dragged by Vehicle, Injured at Super 8 Motel in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- February 2, 2022, a man was seriously injured after being dragged by a moving car in a motel parking lot along Interstate 35 in central Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:40 a.m. at a Super 8 Motel in the 5500 block of North I-35. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was "trying to get out of or into a moving car" when he was dragged an unknown distance and suffered traumatic injuries.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Pedestrian Dragging Accident at Super 8 Motel in Austin
I doubt I'm alone in wondering exactly how an accident this unusual might have taken place. I'm not coming down on police for not having the puzzle assembled so soon after it occurred, but I hope they can offer some answers in the near future. Right now there are a lot of lingering questions--not only about how this could have happened, but also what its implications might be.
Here's a few questions that came to mind almost immediately: Was the victim driving the car and forgot to put it in park before opening the door? Might they instead have been a passenger and someone else in the car moved it while they were entering or exiting? In either case, why did that happen? Was it just an unfortunate mistake in the moment--a lapse in concentration? Or, like many other accidents that happen between 2 and 4 a.m. in Austin, could this one have had something to do with intoxication?
I understand that last question may seem accusatory, so let me be clear that I read the same frustratingly-vague reports as everyone else. I also know from long experience that alcohol's involvement would mean this situation is potentially more complicated than it seems at first. How? Well, if the victim was injured as the direct result of impairment by alcohol then whoever sold or served it to him may be legally responsible for the damage done under Texas dram shop law.
Having said that, I want to reiterate that I don't know alcohol was involved. The investigation is ongoing and I suspect police will consider impairment, but that's only one theory of many and all deserve due consideration. Those affected by the incident deserve to know every effort was made to find the whole truth. If that truth shows that a bar broke the law by over-serving the victim or someone that hurt him, there may be extra steps to take. However, only time and further analysis would be able to say one way or the other.