SH 71 reopens after deadly auto, pedestrian collision in western Travis County

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A person died after a car hit them on SH 71 near Pace Bend Road, and it closed the highway in both directions Wednesday morning. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

SPICEWOOD, Texas (KXAN) — State Highway 71 and Ranch to Market Road 2322 in western Travis County reopened Wednesday morning after a fatal collision killed a man in the roadway, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office says.

Authorities say the crash happened in the 23400 block of the highway, which is near the intersection of Verde Knoll Drive. Traffic was diverted to Pace Bend Road.

Along with ATCEMS and the sheriff’s office, the Pedernales Fire Department also responded to the scene.

According to authorities, the victim, William Hardman, 62, stopped on SH 71 and crossed the eastbound lanes on foot. Family members say witnesses and officers on scene told them Hardman was trying to help victims of a previous collision. Travis County reopened the east bound lanes and Hardman tried to hurry back to his vehicle but was hit by an oncoming Ford F-150.

Deputies say the driver of the Ford immediately pulled over. Paramedics pronounced Hardman dead at the scene.

A person died after a car hit them on SH 71 near Pace Bend Road, and it closed the highway in both directions Wednesday morning. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

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