A man was arrested Sunday after fleeing the scene of a fiery crash in North Austin.
Good Samaritans Save Woman from Fiery Hit-and-Run
According to FOX 7, the crash occurred around 1 p.m. Sunday in the 9200 block of southbound US Route 183.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says a gold minivan was exiting a private drive onto the southbound lanes of US Route 183 when it hit a black passenger vehicle. The black vehicle was forced of the road and rolled over before landing in a ditch.
The black vehicle came to rest on its driver’s side before catching on fire. The gold minivan drove away.
Fortunately, witnesses at a nearby church rushed to the aid of the female victim in the black vehicle. They were able to pull her from the fiery wreck and get her to safety. She did suffer injuries, including burn injuries to both of her arms.
Another witness reportedly saw the gold minivan nearby. Deputies found the minivan with heavy front-end damage. The minivans airbags had also been deployed.
The driver of the minivan eventually returned to the scene of the crash out of concern of the occupants of the black vehicle. He was arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid.
Failure to Stop and Render Aid in Texas
Texas Transportation Code requires drivers to stop at crashes involving injury and death as well as crashes that involve only damage.
Per Section 550.021, when a crash results in injury or death, the operator of a vehicle must:
- Immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene of the crash as possible.
- Immediately return to the scene of the crash if the vehicle has not already stopped at the scene of the crash
- Remain at the scene until they have provided all pertinent information name, address, registration number of their vehicle, and insurance information. They must also provide reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the crash.
If you fail to stop and render aid in a crash that results in death or serious injury is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison.
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