Father of Austin firefighter hit by car calls for safer roads

Colin Camp was riding his bicycle near Manchaca Rd. and Slaughter Ln. in June 2013 when he was hit by a car. (Courtesy: Camp Family)
Colin Camp was riding his bicycle near Manchaca Rd. and Slaughter Ln. in June 2013 when he was hit by a car. (Courtesy: Camp Family)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Family is important to Richard Camp. He and his son Colin used to take trips together, but unfortunately they can’t anymore.

“He has no short-term memory. These days he’s on a feeding tube, he doesn’t speak, he doesn’t walk,” explains Richard.

In 2013, Colin was riding his bicycle south on Manchaca Road near Slaughter Lane when a car hit him. Colin suffered a traumatic brain injury.

“You would expect your loved one — child — to come back and be almost as good as they were before, and we know that’s not going to happen,” says Camp.

Following the crash, Camp started advocating for change at the intersection. He wants to see the speed limit lowered on S. Manchaca from 55 mph to 45 miles per hour.

“Fifty-five, that’s too fast, there’s too much development in the area,” says Camp.

But he knows there’s only so many changes the city can make to the roads. He says it’s up to drivers too.

“To me the most important step is for people to pay attention to what they’re doing,” explains Camp.

The intersection of Manchaca and Slaughter is considered the most dangerous intersection in Austin, based on the number of crashes and the severity.

A plan called Vision Zero, aimed at eliminating deadly and serious crashes on Austin roads, was discussed among the Mobility Committee Monday. The committee voted 3-1 to pass a resolution, which recommends bringing the discussion to the city council.

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