Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle on I-35 at Cesar Chavez in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — August 31, 2022, a pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle on North Interstate 35 in Austin.
Reports have little information about the cause or circumstances of the accident yet, but say it happened around 5:20 a.m. on the 30th block of North I-35 at East Cesar Chavez. Responders to the scene pronounced a pedestrian dead from being hit by a vehicle.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on I-35 in Austin
Often after an accident like this, people are quick to write it off as someone on foot in a place they shouldn't be. While it's true that pedestrian traffic on the interstate is at high risk (and is generally prohibited by the Texas Transportation Code), it's still never prudent to jump to conclusions about who or what is to blame for the tragic end of someone's life.
I don't want to speculate on what did or didn't happen here, but if investigating accidents for nearly 30 years has taught me anything it's that few if any of them could really be considered simple or straightforward. A man lost his life here, and that alone warrants as thorough an investigation as possible. If police aren't inclined to give this situation the time and attention it deserves, maybe an independent investigator should look again so the victim's loved ones get clear answers.