Police identify man who fled after crashing into 2 kids

Suspect in hit-and-run on Wheless Lane_267229

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have identified the driver in the hit-and-run crash that pinned two children under a vehicle.

March 3 around 3:20 p.m. a call came in to police of a driver fleeing the scene after crashing into a 4-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl. Police shared a surveillance image of the driver with local media calling on the community to identify him. Several people have stepped forward and named the suspect as 22-year-old William Covington.

The young boy in the crash sustained fractures in his left and right arms, according to the affidavit. The girl received several facial injuries, with bruises over a large part of her body and broken teeth. The father of the boy had picked up the two children from school that day; the girl was a family friend. Both the kids were riding in a child carrier attached to a bicycle the boy’s father was riding.

As they approached the Wheless Lane intersection, Covington turned onto the street hitting the child carrier. Running over the carrier, the children became lodged underneath the vehicle as they were pulled several feet still inside. The affidavit states, as the bicyclist approached Covington he fled the scene on foot.

After seeing images of the vehicle from local businesses, the owner of the car called police. The owner said he lent the car to a man with the nickname of Man Man. Unable to find the real identity of Man Man, police were finally tipped off the driver’s identity was Covington by 911 callers.

Officials from Reagan High School confirmed his name and date of birth. According to a School Resource Officer, a cousin of Covington told officials he is “scared, depressed, possibly suicidal, and suffers from severe seizures,” according to the affidavit. The cousin went on to say that he possibly did not know he hit children with the vehicle.

A witness at the scene told officers Covington’s demeanor seemed as if he was on drugs, hopping from side-to-side and appearing dazed. Compiling witness reports, caller information, and identification from a local school, police said in the affidavit they are certain Covington was the driver. A warrant has been issued for his arrest and the bond has been set at $150,000.

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