Video captures Jeep and scooter colliding, man thrown into the street

Video captures Jeep hit scooter rider, throw him into the street

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police responded after a man riding a scooter was hit by a vehicle Monday evening on West Campus. 

The University of Texas confirms the man is a student at UT.

In a video sent to KXAN by Luis Lopez, a number of people can be seen rushing over to the young man to help.

In the video, the student can be seen riding a scooter along the side of 22nd Street. When he reached the intersection at San Antonio Street, a Jeep hit him, throwing him off the scooter. 

From what can be seen in the video, neither the driver nor the man on the scooter appeared to stop, even though they had stop signs. The intersection is a four-way stop.

Lopez says it was scary to watch.

“I see the scooter that maybe don’t have the chance to break,” Lopez said. “I know for a fact that the brakes are not super fast to respond, so I don’t know what was in that guy’s mind when he see the Jeep coming to him.”

APD says the scooter rider had to be transported to the hospital. The incident is listed as a crash causing serious bodily injury, but police say they do not know the man’s exact condition at this time. 

“I know he’s going to think about it for quite some time,” Lopez said. “Hopefully, he doesn’t have permanent issues after the accident.”

In the video, the man can be seen moving his arm as people rush in to try and help him. Lopez says the man was able to say a few words to the people huddling around hi.

Officers say the driver of the Jeep that hit the young man stayed on the scene. APD is not investigating further, as it only investigates a crash if it involves a crime. APD did not comment on whether detectives think anyone was at fault in the crash.

Just last week, the Austin City Council postponed a vote that would allow officers to cite scooter riders. That’s now scheduled to happen in May.

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