Two Injured in Hit-and-run Accident on Lavaca Street in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- July 16, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident where a vehicle hit them on Lavaca Street, then fled the scene.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:57 p.m. at the intersection of Lavaca Street and East Cesar Chavez Street.
Officials said that two people in the intersection were struck by a dark four-door sedan. That vehicle then left the scene. Police say the vehicle may have had a disabled placard in its window.
The two victims both had serious injuries. Their current conditions are unclear. Austin PD continue to search for the driver and have surveillance video available on their YouTube channel.
Commentary on Hit-and-run Accident on Lavaca Street in Austin
This late at night in this part of the city, I'd bet dollars to donuts the driver ran because they were drunk. Just to be clear, I obviously can't say that without knowing for sure. But in my experience, any accident in downtown Austin late at night has a decent chance of being alcohol-related. Not only would that mean holding the driver accountable, but it could also mean there's a local alcohol provider liable under dram shop law if they over-served the driver.
Of course, getting the victims the help they need means finding the driver. Keeping these details in the public eye as much as possible could be the breakthrough authorities need if someone can connect the dots and come forward. Is there anyone out there with helpful information that can bring a resolution to all of this?