AUSTIN (KXAN) – A car struck a man in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Parmer Lane Sunday afternoon, said Austin-Travis County EMS.
It happened at about 4:24 p.m. Medics performed CPR on the man at the scene and then transported him to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries.
The Austin Police Department said he was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after 5 p.m.
Police said that the car that struck the victim remained at the scene following the crash. An investigation remains open.
In 2016, 29 pedestrians died on Austin streets after being struck by vehicles — several of which happened on Interstate 35. Data shows one out of every five deadly pedestrian crash occurs along I-35. Just last week, the Texas Department of Transportation launched its “Be Safe Be Seen” campaign aimed at reducing the number of fatal crashes involving pedestrians on freeways.
The agency is working to provide reflective bags to those most at risk, such as the homeless population and school children. The bags will also have a resource card by House the Homeless that contains information on the services available to them.
“Seventeen people have died already this year in Austin due to auto-pedestrian crashes, and that number is not acceptable,” said State Representative Celia Israel, D-Austin, in a press release last week. “As we move forward with improving I-35 and have more projects under construction, it is imperative that we take responsibility for our safety and use caution when driving, walking or biking.”