Cesar Diaz Bendezu Injured in Hit-and-Run on 6th Street in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — June 17, 2022, 35-year-old Cesar Diaz Bendezu was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident on West 6th Street in Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened around midnight on the 700 block of West 6th near West Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a vehicle was westbound in the roadway when Bendezu started to cross it on foot. Reports allege he was outside of a crosswalk and didn't have the right-of-way when the vehicle hit him, then sped away without stopping.
Bendezu suffered serious injuries in the collision. Investigators were unable to identify the striking vehicle for reports.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Cesar Diaz Bendezu Hit-and-Run in Austin
Some may see this incident happened along Austin's infamously alcohol-soaked 6th Street and think they have all they need to know. Police probably considered whether intoxication played a role in what happened, but as always it's important not to jump to any conclusions before all the facts are in.
If authorities are able to find more information about the hit-and-run vehicle--or more ideally just locate the vehicle itself--that could lead to apprehending whoever thought it was a good choice to abandon an injured man in the street. Alcohol or not, they have some consequences coming. However, if intoxication was a factor they may not be the only ones.
Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, restaurants, stores, etc) may not sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they over-serve someone and that customer then hurts themselves or other people while drunk, dram shop may hold that business liable for the damage done.
I'm not saying for certain that alcohol was even a factor in this situation, let alone that a local business illegally over-served it to the driver. Considering how many bars and alcohol-serving restaurants are a stone's throw away from the site of the accident, though, I think it would be best to find out how the driver spent their evening (after police track them down, of course). If a bar's breaking the law that's clearly something to nip in the bud, but if the victim can get some much-needed help along the way that's all the more reason to take the needed steps.