• April 20, 2022

Woman Injured in Alleged Hit-and-run Accident on US 183 in Austin, TX

Austin, TX -- April 17, 2022, a woman was injured due to an accident where a minivan hit her vehicle on US 183, then allegedly fled the scene.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:00 p.m. along the 9200 block of US 183.

According to officials, a woman was in a vehicle traveling along US 183 when a minivan came out of a private drive, crashing with the woman's vehicle. That minivan then reportedly left the scene.

Witnesses were able to help the woman out of the vehicle as it began burning. She sustained unspecified injuries. Witnesses also reportedly found the van, and authorities say they arrested Nelson Moran-Mendez as the alleged driver of the van. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Alleged Hit-and-run Accident on US 183 in Austin

If the allegations here are true, then there is at least some silver lining that someone will have their day in court to answer for their actions. The question, however, is if that's all there is to the story. When people leave the scene of an accident, it can involve some common factors. Sometimes, they're simply panicked. Other times, they're actively trying to hide something, such as warrants or drugs. Drunk driving is also common, and that can then lead to dram shop law if there's a local business that illegally over-served the driver and contributed to the crash. I certainly can't say if anything like that happened here, but that's why independent investigations are often a prudent step in these situations. It may seem like police have the whole story, but there may yet be important details needing to be addressed.

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