Ian Lewis Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on I-35 in Austin, TX
UPDATE (September 2, 2022): Sources have identified the person killed in this accident as 24-year-old Ian Lewis.
Austin, TX — August 27, 2022, a 24-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler in a hit-and-run on Interstate 35 in Austin.
Reports say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the 2100 block of North I-35's upper deck. The exact circumstances of the wreck aren't yet clear, but a male pedestrian was reportedly on foot on the upper deck when he was hit by a passing tractor-trailer that left the scene without stopping.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ian Lewis Hit-and-Run in Austin
People often feel that hit-and-runs are difficult or almost impossible to solve, even when the vehicle that flees is as large and conspicuous as an 18-wheeler. I encourage those folks not to lose hope; even months after a crash, someone may connect the dots and come forward to help.
In a recent case, for example, a family came to us after their loved one was fatally hit by an 18-wheeler. The trucker fled the scene and authorities couldn't find enough information to identify the truck or a suspect. To help out we circulated all the known details through the blog, and a couple eventually contacted us saying they witnessed the crash first-hand.
It turns out they saw what happened, followed the truck, wrote down its company information and license plate, and only stopped because the trucker tried to run them off the road. They went to the police with what they had but somehow the information got misplaced and no one ever followed up, so the couple contacted us next.
Thanks to their efforts the runaway truck driver--who it turned out was high on meth at the time and didn't want to be caught--answered for his actions. Moreover, his employer was held properly accountable for the damage he caused and the victim's family got some much-needed help and closure.
It's possible that similar efforts in Austin could get results as long as all news and developments reach the public. If someone witnessed the wreck or even just saw a damaged truck nearby afterward, they could still come forward. Investigators can then find out more about what caused the crash and who's responsible. I'm sure they're doing their best to resolve this, but maybe independent efforts would also help move things forward.