Chase Nelson Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-35 in Austin, TX
San Antonio, TX — May 28, 2022, 31-year-old pedestrian Chase Nelson was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on South Interstate 35 in Austin.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. on the 13300 block of South I-35. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Nelson was on or near the roadway, possibly crawling eastward, when he was hit by a southbound vehicle. After the impact the driver continued away without stopping or rendering aid.
Nelson died at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Chase Nelson Hit-and-Run on I-35 in Austin
UPDATE (October 18, 2022): Sources later indicated that the victim of this hit-and-run had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .16 when he was hit by a vehicle.
Some may not see how that matters--it's still illegal to flee the scene of an accident, and even if the victim was impaired he wasn't driving or hurting anyone. Why even bring up his BAC? Because if a business had a hand in making the victim intoxicated enough to crawl through the interstate's lanes it may have some liability for his fatal injuries under Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law an alcohol vendor like a bar, restaurant, or store is prohibited from selling or serving drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they break the law and do so anyway, that business may then be legally accountable for any injuries their customer causes or suffers while under the influence.
I'm not pointing fingers at any specific businesses in the Austin accident, but the source of the victim's alcohol is an important and too-often overlooked detail during an investigation. If anything police may be preoccupied with tracking down the vehicle and driver that hit the victim and then fled, so perhaps someone else should find out if a negligent business also played a part.