• August 11, 2022

Pedestrian Injured in Hit-and-Run outside Ojos Locos in Austin, TX

Austin, TX — July 2, 2022, a female pedestrian was seriously injured by a vehicle in a hit-and-run at an Ojos Locos location off I-35 in Austin.

Reports say the incident happened around 1:15 a.m. in a parking lot outside Ojos Locos, located at 7522 North I-35. Preliminary investigation suggests the driver of a Toyota Camry started to leave the premises with some friends and the pedestrian. As the woman crossed behind the vehicle the Camry backed out of its parking spot and hit her. The Toyota then left the scene without stopping.

The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hit-and-Run at Ojos Locos in Austin

Police said the hit-and-run driver might have been intoxicated. That's plausible considering the car left the lot of a popular bar in the wee hours of the morning and the driver didn't stop or render aid after hitting someone.

Locating the driver is the top priority, but investigators should also find out if they're right about alcohol playing a part. If the runaway driver was over-served alcohol to the point they weren't thinking clearly enough to avoid the pedestrian or stay at the scene, then whoever poured their drinks that night may be liable for the damage they did under Texas dram shop law.

Pedestrian Injured in Hit-and-Run outside Ojos Locos in Austin, TX

I'm not saying I know the driver was illegally over-served somewhere, and even though the accident happened right outside Ojos Locos I'm not pointing any fingers their way. I'm only saying that if it's possible this accident happened because of excess alcohol consumption then whoever provided deserves some scrutiny of its own in case it should be helping the victim recover. Will police look for a dram violation as part of the overall investigation, or is that part better trusted to independent professionals working specifically on the victim's behalf?

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