Austin Police search for hit and run driver



Posted on October 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

AUSTIN -- Austin Police are searching for a driver who sent two cyclists to the hospital on Sunday.

Sarah Baumgartner is on her bike every day. Her dogs Hiccup and Boss Hogg go along for the ride.

“Yesterday somebody didn't stop, and was in the wrong lane, and came around. I swerved a little bit, but I mean we did all right,” she said.

Baumgartner is horrified to hear two other cyclists aren't as lucky.

“It's an awful thing, especially if no one else is around,” she said. 

Austin Police say two women in their 20's were riding their bikes on South First between Barton Springs Road and Gibson Street around 9:30 last night when a car struck them both.

One woman has serious head injuries. The other is seriously injured as well. The driver didn't stop.         

Investigators say the car was a white or beige sedan. It was last seen heading North on South First.

Austin police tell KVUE News they found pieces of the car mirror at the scene.

“A lot of times, a lot of this equipment is specific to a certain make or model. So that's what we're looking at right now,” said Austin Police Detective Adrian Duran.

Duran says he's heard plenty of excuses when it comes to drivers who don't stop to help those they've hit.

“Anywhere from ‘they didn't have insurance, they were afraid, they had traffic tickets they haven't paid.’” Sometimes these people are intoxicated. We've had people who are undocumented,” he said.

Baumgartner says there's no excuse for leaving the scene of an accident and hopes the driver who hit the two women comes forward.

“I can't even imagine what goes through their heads. But I've learned in this life there are a lot of people who aren't kind,” she said.

 If caught, that driver will face third degree felony charges for running the two women down and not stopping to help.