AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police said the driver of a pickup who hit and killed a man trying to cross a busy road in South Austin will not face any charges.
“When you find him on the side of the road like that, it affects you…me and Gary were real close,” said William “Billy” Shipwash, the older brother of the man hit and killed.
Police said Gary Lynn Shipwash, 52, tried to cross South Lamar Boulevard Wednesday morning during rush hour, and police said he did not use the crosswalk.
The crash happened shortly after 7 a.m. near Lamar Square Drive when a driver heading South on Lamar Boulevard hit the man, according to police.
Medics got there shortly after the crash and performed CPR on the man before taking him to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he died shortly after.
Shipwash said he talked to the driver and appreciated him staying and calling police. “I told him it wasn’t his fault and I felt like gray should have been paying attention,” said Shipwash. He said his brother was homeless and would hang around that area.
Police said the driver of the blue Nissan truck will not face any charges.
“Always utilize a crosswalk, especially in the busy morning hours and in the evening hours because if you don’t use a crosswalk — if something happens to you — of course, that’s illegal,” said Sr. Officer Jermaine Kilgore. “You have to use the crosswalk because the vehicles have the right of way.”
All southbound lanes of Lamar Boulevard were shut down for about two hours while police diverted traffic into the center lane of South Lamar Boulevard.