Police: Three children sent to hospital after hit and run collision

Michael Pepper
Michael Pepper

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Three children were taken to a hospital Friday evening after police said a man hit the car they were traveling in and left the scene of the South Austin collision, according to an arrest warrant.

Police said 32-year-old Michael Pepper has been charged with failure to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony, in the incident.

The crash happened on West Stassney Lane near the intersection of South First Street. The victim told police Pepper’s car was following her car. Pepper then drove around her car, went into her lane and struck her vehicle, according to the arrest warrant.

A witness flagged down a police officer and said the driver of a blue Dodge truck, later identified as Pepper, had sped away after the crash into a nearby neighborhood, the affidavit states.

The victim followed Pepper into the neighborhood and also called police, according to the affidavit.

Three children—ages seven, nine and 10—in the victim’s car complained of various pains and injuries.

Felony DWI

In a separate Friday night incident, police arrested a man they suspect caused a collision while driving while intoxicated in Southeast Austin with a one-year-old child in his car, according to an arrest warrant.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Police arrested 28-year-old Michael Brown for felony DWI following the incident, the affidavit states.

Police said Brown exited a private driveway, crossing two lanes on Montopolis Drive at about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14. He hit a man’s car during the maneuver and left the scene. A witness said he followed Brown, found him slumped over his steering wheel and Brown smelled of alcohol, according to affidavit.

“The force of the collision pushed [the victim’s car] across south bound lanes of traffic into a church parking lot and colliding with a parked vehicle,” according to the affidavit. “The parked vehicle hit a female that was standing outside the church.”

Brown admitted to police he was also involved in a separate collision on South Pleasant Valley Road at about 7:30 p.m., the affidavit states.

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