Austin police searching for 4-door sedan in officer hit-and-run

Austin police officer struck by a hit-and-run driver while working a crash on FM 973 on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (KXAN Photo)
Austin police officer struck by a hit-and-run driver while working a crash on FM 973 on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are searching for a driver who struck an officer while he was working another crash Saturday night. 

The crash happened around 9:40 p.m. on Farm to Market 973 just south of State Highway 71. The officer had his patrol vehicle stopped along the southbound lanes to work a separate crash and was helping direct traffic when he was hit.

The driver who struck the officer stopped, but then took off. Police Chief Brian Manley says the officer suffered significant injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

The hit-and-run driver had three passengers in the car, which is described as 4-door, black/dark-colored Honda Accord or Nissan Altima. Police believe the car might be a 2000-2003 model.

“If you were the driver in that crash, call us so we can work through that crash,” Manley said during a news conference Monday afternoon. Police say the officer’s dash camera did catch the moment of impact.

A KXAN photojournalist at the scene of the crash said weather conditions were foggy that night.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the APD Leaving the Scene Unit at (512) 974-5789 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

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