• July 01, 2022

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-35 Service Road in Austin, TX

Austin, TX — June 25, 2022, a male pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run along the I-35 frontage road in South Austin.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:45 p.m. on the 8100 block of the northbound I-35 service road near a Travelodge Motel. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was on foot in the area when a vehicle, later identified as a white 2017-2019 Honda CR-V, struck him and then left the scene without stopping.

The victim suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

Investigators believe the runaway Honda is missing some silver trim around its front and on its grille, and the front-right headlight is likely damaged. They are asking for the public's help in locating the vehicle and its driver.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hit-and-Run on I-35 Service Road in Austin

Obviously it's always frustrating and disappointing to read about incidents like this one in the news. Whatever compelled the driver to leave the scene, it's clearly important to track them down and see just what they have to say for themselves.

To that end, police must stay diligent and community members should come forward with any information they can provide about the suspect. It doesn't seem like anyone specific has been ID'd so far, but it's encouraging that authorities seem to know the make, model, and color of vehicle they're looking for, as well as some specific damages that might make it stand out. Knowing what kind of vehicle to look for is more than police often have at the outset, but they'll need more to finish the job.

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-35 Service Road in Austin, TX

That's why it's important to share any new details or developments with the community so they can keep an eye out for the vehicle and its operator. Ensuring all the available information is in the public eye often leads to someone connecting the dots and reaching out to a tip line. It may take a little time, but if everyone stays vigilant and cooperates there's often a positive resolution.

Once the suspect is in custody hopefully investigators will find out what compelled them to abandon the scene and the person they seriously injured. 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 can tell, but I remain confident justice can be served.

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