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8-Year-Old Killed in Austin Hit-and-Run

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety are still searching for a hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of an 8-year-old boy in Southeast Austin, Texas.

About the Austin Hit-and-Run

  • According to the Austin American-Statesman, the crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night along U.S. 183 near Burleson Road.
  • Juan Carlos Alonso, 53, and his grandson Yahir Vidal, 8, were waiting outside of their Ford Mustang after becoming stranded when their car loss control on a patch of ice.
  • A northbound white Chevrolet pickup struck Alonso and Vidal before fleeing the scene.
  • According to investigators, the Mustang was outside the lane of traffic and the white pickup was traveling at an unsafe speed.
  • The collision left Vidal dead and Alonso injured.

Hit-and-Run Statistics

  • Crash statistics reported by USA Today show that fatal hit-and-runs are on the rise.
  • In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administraion recorded 1,449 hit-and-run deaths – a 13.7 percent increase from the 1,274 recorded in 2009.
  • Over the same period, overall traffic fatalities fell by 4.5 percent from 33,883 deaths in 2009 to 32,367 deaths in 2011.
  • The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that one in five pedestrian fatalities are hit-and-runs and nearly 60 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities involve pedestrians.
  • In order to combat these upward trends, some states have taken legal actions. Texas, for example, has upped the penalty for failure to render aid to second degree felony – the same type of felony as intoxicated manslaughter.
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