• October 31, 2022

Pedestrian Injured by Vehicle on Menchaca Rd in Austin, TX

Austin, TX — October 30, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle on Menchaca Road in south Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 1:00 a.m. at the intersection of Menchaca Road and Parkside Lane. Investigators released few details about the cause and circumstances of the accident but say a person on foot was struck and critically injured by a vehicle in the area. They were declared a trauma alert and rushed to an area hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Pedestrian Injured by Vehicle at Menchaca and Parkside in Austin, TX

Commentary on Austin Accident at Menchaca and Parkside

Police don't seem to know quite what happened here yet, but obviously it's never good to learn a car hit someone. Hopefully authorities are hard at work getting more information, but frankly I have some misgivings about how much effort they'll put into that.

I don't mean to knock their hard work. I've just found that competing priorities, limited staff and resources, and only so many hours in the day sometimes force officers to rush through things. If they hurry through a "by the book" investigation, crucial details might slip through the cracks. I've seen cases where pedestrians were blamed for failing to yield the right-of-way, only for a second look to show other factors--like low visibility or distracted drivers--were heavily involved.

I think most would agree that the people affected by this incident deserve to know all effort was made to explain and understand it. Do police have what they need to ensure the whole story is found?

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