Woman Killed in Alleged Hit-and-run Accident on East Ben White in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- June 5, 2022, a woman was killed following an accident where a vehicle struck her on East Ben White, then left the scene.
Authorities say they responded to the scene at around 6:53 p.m. The collision occurred near the intersection of East Ben White Boulevard and Montopolis Drive.
At this time, the exact circumstances are unclear. Authorities said only that a woman was hit by a vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. Police say they located the driver involved, but they did not give any additional details.
Investigations are ongoing.
Commentary on Alleged Hit-and-run Accident on East Ben White in Austin
If it's true that authorities identified the driver involved here, it's going to be important to find out exactly why they left the scene. It's not enough to simply throw charges at them when there could be additional legal ramifications the victim's loved ones need to know about.
For example, drunk driving is a common reason people leave the scene of an accident. That could then lead to dram shop law where a bar can be liable if they over-serve someone, leading to a deadly accident. Would it be okay for something like that to slip through the cracks simply because authorities never bothered to look more thoroughly into what exactly led to the accident?
In my experience, families want to know they're getting the full story, and I've found it's more than worth the effort to ensure they do.