Boy saw father get run down by woman in hit-and-run, family says


AUSTIN — A family is crying out after they say a young boy watched a driver hit and kill his father in southeast Austin Thursday afternoon.

Police say a woman intentionally hit the man near the intersection of Oltorf Street and Huntwick Drive around 3:09 p.m., then sped away.

The 30-year-old victim’s mother and sister fought through tears to talk about the moments that led up to the crash.

“He had a whole life and he’s gone. I ain’t gonna have him no more,” said Janie Aranda, the man’s mother. “It’s gonna be harder when we bury him. It’s gonna be harder.” 

She says it’s hardest to watch what his children are going through. “They’re in pain. They’re just crying and crying. They’re so little, no more daddy — no more daddy.”

The victim, whose name has yet to be released by police, was a single father of four.

Dorothy Varela, the victim’s sister, said her brother had a good heart and was a good father.

His sister and mom tell us his oldest son, who’s just 13 years old, was in the car with him right before the alleged attack.

The boy said a woman his dad knew drove up, then began swerving, like she was trying to hit them.

The man’s mother said, “So my son got out the car and told her, ‘What are you doing?'” 

Then, as the boy watched, “she ran over him. If he wouldn’t gotten out of the car this wouldn’t have happened.” 

Police began working on an arrest warrant immediately, but have not released names of those possibly involved. 

“How can they do that? Have a heart. They don’t have no heart. They’re monsters,” Aranda said of the women she believes to be involved.

She reminded her son, “Your daddy’s in your heart and your daddy will always be around us.” 

Police have already interviewed multiple witnesses. They say when the car hit the man, it was so loud some people mistook it for a gunshot.

Legal experts say if this case goes to trial, it will likely be processed like a standard murder charge.

In February, we reported a new team of investigators at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office is aggressively working to prosecute vehicular crimes.

The unit handles charges like failure to stop and render aid involving death, criminally negligent homicide and intoxication manslaughter.

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