AUSTIN (KXAN) - A driver faces charges of failure to stop and render aid after he fled from a crash involving a motorcyclist Friday night, police said. When questioned, the suspect said he "thought he struck a bicyclist" not a motorist and continued driving.
According to an affidavit from the Austin Police Department , officers responded to a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Dawson Road and Barton Springs Road. A motorcyclist with an injured leg told officers he had been struck by a black Chevy, its driver identified as Gerardo Diaz.
Witnesses on scene provided police with a license plate number and investigators located Diaz a short time later at his home.
Diaz told investigators that he thought he hit a cyclist but he "didn't want to get in trouble again" so he didn't stop. Four days earlier, Diaz was ticketed for possession of marijuana.
The motorcyclist received an injury to his leg but refused medical treatment on scene.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.