AUSTIN (KXAN) — The driver of a Porsche allegedly crashed into a man walking Saturday night in North Austin, leaving him bloodied beside the road. But police say that when the man driving the sports car left the scene, a Good Samaritan followed him and got the license plate number — leading to an arrest and felony charge.
The Porsche was “whizzing around a bend at a high rate of speed,” according to a witness account in the affidavit, when it hit Ernesto Gonzales as he crossed the U-turn lane of the intersection at Interstate 35 and Anderson Lane. When police found Gonzales, he was reportedly disoriented, bleeding from multiple head wounds and cut so badly on the arm that his bone was visible. Gonzales was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge.
The 2003 Porsche allegedly involved in the incident was registered to Brian White at a North Austin address that matches the address of an Austin attorney and former state agency general counsel. White’s mugshot appears to match the Austin attorney’s LinkedIn profile as well. White did not immediately return calls to his law office from KXAN.
Police say they tracked the Porsche to a North Austin home, where they found its windshield had a “basketball-sized indention, which was shattered, caved-in and had bits of blood and flesh imbedded in the broken glass,” according to the police report. There was also blood, the driver’s-side mirror had handprints, and there were scuffs on the hood and driver’s front fender, the report states.
The police officer noted the car and house key were still hanging in the door lock when he arrived, the affidavit states.
At the home, White allegedly told police Gonzales stepped out in front of his car while he was making a U-turn. White told the police officer that he stopped, got out of his car and asked Gonzales if he needed help but that Gonzales told White he did not want EMS. White also said he told Gonzales his name before leaving.
However, police say White’s story about the wreck contradicts Gonzales’ and another woman’s version of what happened. The woman was walking with Gonzales when the crash happened.
White did not call 911, according to the affidavit, and he was arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid, which is a third-degree felony.