AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 14-year-old was seriously injured after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 3500 block of Webberville Road late Tuesday night, according to his family.
Austin police say the crash happened around 11:15 p.m. and the driver did not stay at the scene.
In a Facebook post, the teenager’s parent wrote their son was hit by a driver in a pickup truck. They said the teeanger got stuck underneath the truck. “He didn’t bother to stop he just kept speeding,” they wrote.
The parents said the 14-year-old is currently in the intensive care unit.
Police released surveillance photos of the suspect vehicle, stating it’s a 1990s model, single cab, white Ford Ranger or similar. Police say there was a large container or box in the truck bed the night of the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 512-974-8212.
Traffic Issues: Neighbors worry about their own children
Heather Cavazos doesn’t let her children out of her sight for fear of them running into the busy street.
“It takes just a second they run off and bam,” she said.
Cavazos is just one of the many neighbors who heard Tuesday night’s crash.
“I heard a boom, then I heard a scream and I figured it was a gunshot,” said Cavazos. “I opened the door and all you saw was cops and ambulances and the fire truck and you see the family crying and you see a skateboard [in the middle of the street] and [the 14-year-old] was over there and the EMTs were around him.”
“We heard a loud boom,” said Iliza Flores, a 15-year-old girl and neighbor. “We came outside and we saw that the little boy was lying there on the ground screaming.”
Flores’ mother, Issa Gonzalez, says drivers are constantly speeding.
“Typically, [Webberville Road] is very busy and cars just seem to drive by very fast even seeing that there are so many children.”
Gonzalez says many of the children in their apartment complex cross the road to get to a convenience store, Al’s Food Mart.
“We heard a loud band,” said Deepack James, the store manager who says they were still open during the time of the crash. “It hit really hard and the truck was on high speed, too.”
James says three people have been hit along Webberville Road before and he, along with neighbors, would like the city to do something before it happens again.
“Probably put a three-way stop there,” said Gonzalez. “A three-way stop sign would be great,” agreed Cavazos.
James had another idea, “We should put some speed bumps over here.” They all hope police can find the driver who did it.
“It’s sad,” said Cavazos. “I pray to God that they find him.”
Samisha Washington’s child was hit on the same street in early January 2017. The driver in her son’s case was never caught. Washington tells KXAN there were numerous witnesses to Tuesday night’s crash.
Surveillance footage of the hit-and-run on Jan. 23, 2017: