Witness who helped victim of hit-and-run recalls the scene

Luna, Julian Antonio (09-16-93)
Luna, Julian Antonio (09-16-93)

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — A suspect was arrested for failing to stop and render aid after hitting a bicyclist with his pickup truck August 11.

22-year-old Julian Luna is suspected of fleeing the scene of the crime near North Lamar Boulevard and West Applegate Drive.

A witness of the accident called police to report that a bicyclist was struck by a black Chevrolet pickup truck that left without stopping.

The bicyclist, Arthur McGuire, was transported to Round Rock Hospital where he was treated for pelvic fractures and broken vertebrae. It is believed by doctors that McGuire will most likely have long-lasting impaired movements.

Arthur McGuire
Arthur McGuire

It was just another day for Mike Abdol, working on cars like he has for more than 20 years.

He heard the crash, and looked up to see a black truck speeding off. He rushed over to find McGuire laying bloody in the street.

“Are you ok? He said, no I’m not ok, my back I cannot move it,” said Abdol.

A witness called police and several of them followed the black truck to these apartments a few blocks away. Police say they found Luna hosing down his car, possibly trying to get rid of damage.

When officers arrived it appeared the truck had been purposefully parked behind the building so that it could not be seen from the street. Officers found dents and scratches on the front right side of the truck consistent with the collision.

The witness said he was 100 percent positive this was the truck he saw collide with McGuire and then flee the scene.

Another witness who works at the body shop on Applegate Drive said he came out of the shop when he heard a loud thud. It was then that he saw a black truck driving east-bound down Applegate “speeding away,” at an estimated 50 mph.

Witnesses positively identified Luna as the driver of truck.

In that affidavit Luna told police that he drove away because he was scared and didn’t know what to do.

“Shocking to think somebody would leave somebody in that physical condition, literally broken bones, unable to move on the side of the road,” said Stacy Sass. She is the manager of Cody Builders Supply, where McGuire works as an estimator. She said the Irish-born health nut is for now, in a wheelchair. She fully expects him to preach adventurous living in the office in no time.

“He’s part of what is continuing this company. Part of the core,” said Sass.

Ironically, she says he’s always talking about the safety between bikes and cars. Now, his road to recovery will be a daily reminder.

Failure to stop and render aid is a third degree felony, and Luna’s bail is set at $20,800.

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