October 16, 2012
A 27-year-old Austin, Texas, man remains in critical condition at the University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital after he was struck by an intoxicated driver. According to KVUE News, the incident prompted the victim’s mother to push for more cyclists to wear helmets.
The incident occurred at 4:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of 17th Street and Guadalupe. Reports indicate the cyclist was passing through the intersection when a 25-year-old driver failed to yield the right of way and struck the cyclist. The driver then sped away, leaving the cyclist injured on the asphalt and dragging the broken bicycle beneath his vehicle.
Police tracked down the driver by following a trail of grooves left in the pavement by the bicycle following the Texas Car Accident. Officers say the man fell down and asked what he had hit during his field sobriety testing. He was then arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, intoxication assault, and failure to render aid.
In the meantime, the injured rider was taken to the hospital and underwent immediate surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by swelling. Doctors have not been able to determine if the victim will fully recover.
The Austin Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers wish the young man a fully recovery, and say that wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle could significantly decrease your chances of injury or death in an accident.