AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Police are tracking a dangerous weekend for pedestrians along one busy stretch of road in the southeast part of the city.
Investigators are looking into three separate incidents involving cars and people trying to cross the street.
The first one happened Friday morning on Montopolis Drive and East Stassney Lane, where according to police reports, a hit-and-run driver struck a man. Police are searching for a black sedan.
Just a few blocks away around 12:15 p.m. Saturday, the second accident occurred on Montopolis and East Ben White Service Road.
A police spokesman says a driver ran a red light and hit another vehicle. The wreck ended up in the center median, where a man was standing. The impact injured him and medics rushed the man to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The third incident struck a few hours later, in the 1400 block of Montropolis.
The family of Ralph Hurtado, 19, said he was on his bike crossing the street when he was either struck by a car or somehow fell from his bike. His head struck the pavement.
Doctors placed him on life support for less than 24 hours, until his family decided to remove him from it.
His mother, Carolyn Gonzales, said no one stopped to help him.
“I’m so pissed that these people don’t have a heart to call and say, ‘Look someone fell off of the bike, we need help,'” she said.
Darlene Ramirez, Hurtado’s cousin, said the busy street has been a dangerous place to cross for years.
In June 2012, she and her then eight-week old son were struck by a hit-and-run driver. Her infant son was in the hospital for months, she said.
The accident happened a couple of blocks north of where Hurtado lost his life.
“The car hit us,” Ramirez said. “He hit me with so much impact that my son flew into the street, out of my arms. And, I was dragged for four houses underneath the car.”
She said that driver was caught and convicted.
Ramirez and Gonzales said with their family member gone this holiday weekend they’re not in the mood to celebrate. They want something done to prevent more accidents on Montopolis.
“Put speed bumps in the road,” said Ramirez. “Drivers don’t want to slow down. Make them slow down.”