AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police have charged a driver, identified as Joseph Michael Rojas, with failure to stop and render aid after he struck a bicyclist with his car while driving out of a parking lot. The charge is a third-degree felony.
It happened midday Saturday, which was Rojas' 21st birthday, according to the arrest affidavit.
Rojas was driving a Toyota Camry at 1:45 p.m. out of the parking lot of the Alara Apartments in the 8200 block of North FM 620. The bicyclist, identified as Mark Dahlstrom, was riding west on North FM 620 in the bicycle lane when the Camry struck and knocked him to the ground, according to police.
Rojas backed up the car, left the scene and parked in the Walmart lot next door to the apartments. He walked back home and told his mother what happened, according to the affidavit.
Rojas and his mother approached police as officers walked the parking lot to look for the damaged 2007 Camry, and Rojas admitted what he'd done. Rojas told police he left the scene after hitting Dahlstrom because he was scared.
Dahlstrom was taken to a hospital in Round Rock and treated for bleeding around his face and other injuries.
Two witnesses were able to describe events to police, which matched up with what the victim explained about the incident.
Images from a video camera mounted in Walmart's parking lot also showed Rojas park his car and walk to the front of the vehicle to look at the front-end damage, according to the affidavit.
Rojas was released on $7,500 bond.
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