Austin man killed by car, second car nearly hits investigators
According to a statement by the Texas office of the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Texas has the unenviable distinction of being the state with the most drunk-driving fatalities in the United States, with 1,296 people being killed in alcohol-related vehicle accidents in 2012.
The recent case of an Austin man who was struck by an alleged drunk driver, and the bizarre incident at the accident scene involving a second allegedly intoxicated driver that followed shortly thereafter, have lent tragic evidence to support MADD’s claim.
The victim, who died at a hospital after the accident, was crossing a road at about 1:15 a.m. when the vehicle that the allegedly drunk driver was driving struck him. Police arrived at the scene and arrested the driver, who avoided a hit-and-run charge by stopping at the scene.
But while the police were investigating the accident, after closing the road while they were doing so, the driver of a second vehicle arrived at the scene and drove through the roadblock, nearly striking multiple police officers. It is unclear whether the driver failed to observe the police car blocking the road, and the flares that the police had put in place, and the officer directing traffic, or if he was somehow otherwise distracted. What is known is that the police arrested him too, and they charged him with driving while intoxicated.
The early morning hours on weekends can be particularly hazardous for pedestrians, given that the number of intoxicated drivers tends to increase during that time. This case is a terrible confirmation of the frequency of late night inebriated drivers.
Source: KVUE, “Friends remember blogger killed by alleged drunk driver,” Jade Mingus, April 28, 2014