AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thursday night, the Austin-Travis County EMS responded to a hit-and-run collision at the 8100 block of North Lamar Boulevard southbound, which ended with the death of the pedestrian.
Around 8:30 p.m. ATCEMS confirmed that CPR was in progress and then, around 8:43 p.m., a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
FINAL #ATXTraffic Fatality ~8100 N Lamar Blvd SB: auto vs pedestrian #ATCEMSMedics obtained a Deceased On Scene pronouncment of an adult female. Expect closures in area for investigation. Watch for responders remaining on scene. Avoid the area if possible. No further info avail.— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) February 22, 2019
Austin police confirmed that the vehicle — which so far has no description beyond having four-doors — left the scene. APD has spoken to two witnesses and are looking for more.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call 911.
Safety concerns in that area
After hearing about the deadly hit-and-run, many people expressed their concerns about safety near 8100 N. Lamar Blvd.
North Lamar Transit Center is located in that area.
“I’ve been riding the bus since I was 14. Just to cross Lamar? It’s the hardest part,” said Rudy Moreno.
As you approach the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and U.S. 183, the road splits into three sections — two on each side for cars turning onto 183 and the middle lanes for through traffic.
If you want to get to the other side of Lamar, you have to either walk to the other side of 183, or about a half-mile down to Thurmond Street to find a crosswalk.
Many bus riders said people end up finding their one chance and run across.
“Some people just cross the highway,” Moreno said. “Everybody’s been doing it for a long time already.”
Daniel Alvarado used to work in the area. He’s also on Austin’s Bicycle Advisory Council. “I would just call it a no-go zone for anybody who’s not in a car.”
He said there’s a clear need for a safe crossing directly in front of the transit center.
“This is not okay to keep having people killed on our roads.”
There are improvements planned for the North Lamar Corridor. The City of Austin Corridor Program Office said it’s in the preliminary stages of design work.
They’re identifying areas that need new sidewalks or protected bike lanes.
KXAN is also checking with the Texas Department of Transportation about any planned improvements for the intersection itself.