Tearful testimony about two Austin hit-and-run deaths led a Senate committee on Tuesday to advance legislation closing a loophole in state law that allows intoxicated drivers to escape with less punishment if they flee the scene of a fatal accident.
Relatives of Courtney Griffin, 30, who died in a May 2011 Tarrytown accident, and Mark Gobble, 37, who was run down by a truck in June 2012 off Slaughter Lane in South Austin, urged the Senate Criminal Justice Committee to make it a second-degree felony when drivers fail to stop and render aid in accidents involving a death. Currently, it is a third-degree felony.
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