Pedestrian dies from injuries after being hit by truck

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 28-year-old man died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a truck as he tried to cross a road in East Austin last week.

The man was crossing Farm-to-Market 969 on Thursday night when he was struck by a Ford F-150 traveling west. He was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries.

He died from those injuries on Sunday, police said.

People living and working along the dark, busy stretch of roadway have become too familiar with seeing car crashes involving pedestrians. A 66-year-old man was killed crossing at the same spot on Nov. 27, 2013.

“It’s very dangerous…very, very dangerous,” said Oscar Romelien, who was pulling into his business last Thursday when he collided with the 28-year-old man. “Even though he was jaywalking, there was no way to see him.”

Romelien says he has petitioned the city for lights along that stretch.

“They came out and looked but I never heard back from them,” he said. “They said they would get back to me. Nothing.

“Light it up,” Romelien added. “Help us. Someone needs to pay attention to this strip. Help us. Light it up.”

In the last five years, 1,800 people were hurt and 96 people were killed in crashes involving vehicles and people walking, Austin Police said. They are also working to crack down on jaywalking in the city, and are patrolling areas like West Campus.

This was Austin’s 7th fatal traffic crash of 2014 and the 9th traffic fatality of 2014. At this time in 2013, there were 13 traffic fatalities.

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