AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police are looking for the person who attacked Ole Miss student Carson Otter around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at East Seventh and Trinity Street, leaving him in the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
"It’s so unfortunate that this happened and the whole university is praying and thinking of his family," said Sparky Reardon, Ole Miss Dean of Students. "There are lots of student groups praying for his recovery and supporting his friends and family and look forward to seeing him back at university as soon as he’s well.”
Witnesses told police Otter was standing in the street when he and a man sitting in a silver Honda started yelling at each other.
A witness said two men got out of the car, and one of them punched the victim in the face after asking, "What did you say?"
The victim then reportedly fell and hit his head on the curb, knocking him unconscious. The witness rushed to the victim and immediately tried to help.
"You could actually hear the sound of his head hitting the concrete, and he immediately started bleeding." said Blake who exclusively talked to KXAN. "Blood was spewing everywhere, not everywhere but it was coming out of the back of his head. So I immediately went and stabilized his head, put my hand over the wound."
Blake put pressure on the head wound until the ambulance arrived, but police said the blow to the head could be life-threatening.
The man got back in the car and took off, and witnesses immediately tried to help the victim -- calling 911 and trying to get the license plate of the car.
Otter was taken to the University Medical Center Brackenridge.
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