AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are asking the community to help to solve two unsolved hit and runs that happened back-to-back.
Austin Police said a truck pulled out in front of a motorcyclist in the 4900 block of E. Ben White Blvd. at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday July 9, 2014. Detectives said the truck was either a 90’s Chevrolet or GMC single red cab with a sign that said, “Top Mulching”
Witnesses told police the driver sped off and didn’t stop to help. The motorcyclist is still recovering.
The following day, Thursday July 10, another hit and run involving a pedestrian, sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. It happened in the 3800 block of South Congress Ave. Police said the man had walked from the East side of the street to the West when a champagne-colored SUV hit him. APD said the man is still recovering.
Austin police said hit and run cases can be some of the hardest crimes to solve. Statistics from 2012 show that about 400 crashes involved injuries and the driver not stopping to help, many of those cases remain unsolved.
Also in 2010, about 10,000 crashes happened where the driver left the scene and less than 10 percent of those cases have been solved.
Police are asking people to call its tip line, 512-974-6935, if they witnessed or know any information about the two unsolved hit and runs cases.