AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police need help identifying a man who they say ran into a bicycle towing a trailer with children inside injuring them and then leaving the scene of the crash.
The crash happened on March 3 in the 2200 block of Wheless Lane in East Austin. Austin police say a man had picked up his child along with a friend’s child up from a nearby school around 3 p.m. and was towing them behind his bicycle in a trailer.
As the bicyclist was traveling southbound on North Hampton Drive and entering the intersection at Wheless Lane, a black Jeep traveling northbound on North Hampton Drive and turning onto Wheless Lane hit the trailer. The crash pinned the two children under the Jeep.
Greg Langston works nearby as a security guard and saw the crash happen. With a background in being a first responder, Langston said he immediately jumped in to help the children.
“Like any other parent, I’ve got four kids of my own. I got over there to see if I could get the gentleman driving, but when I saw the dad try to pull the child out that was pinned with the stroller, my mind went from the driver to the child,” says Langston. The children were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Jeep, who police believe goes by the nickname of “May May” or “Mae Mae,” ran away from the crash. A surveillance camera in the area caught a photograph of the driver.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Leaving the Scene Crash Unit at 512-974-8544 or Crimestoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.