• September 26, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle near I-35 and Braker Lane in Austin, TX

Austin, TX — September 23, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Interstate 35 frontage road in Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. on the southbound I-35 frontage road near Braker Lane. The specific circumstances of the wreck aren't clear, but responders said it resulted in one pedestrian's death.

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

Commentary on Pedestrian Accident off I-35 in Austin

Put simply, the law expects everyone to avoid any accident they can, even if they have the right-of-way. If a reasonably prudent driver doing everything they're supposed to (hands on the wheel, sober, eyes on the road, traveling the speed limit, headlights on and working, etc) couldn't have avoided the victim in Austin then obviously it wouldn't be right to blame them for what happened. However, if they could have stopped or steered clear of the victim--right-of-way or not--then learning why they didn't is crucial.

With that said, I'm not suggesting the driver did anything wrong. Reports much too vague to include anything about fault and I'm not pointing fingers. I'm really just asking for more details: Exactly where was the pedestrian in relation to the road? How long were they there before the car came along? Did the driver stay at the scene? Where were both parties earlier that night? Are visibility, lighting, and sightlines good on that stretch of road? Did anything prevent the driver from noticing the victim or vice versa?

Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle near I-35 and Braker Lane in Austin, TX

All crashes deserve careful and thorough investigation, even if it just confirms what police said at the outset. The victim's loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to find all the facts. If there are any other steps to take, knowing that would largely depend on what those facts turn out to be.

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