A toddler in her stroller was struck by a vehicle Sunday night, becoming one of three pedestrians in less than three days injured in Austin’s dangerous traffic.
The three incidents occurred in different parts of Austin, beginning late Friday, just before midnight.
According to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, medics responded around 11:54 a.m. to the 800 block of Clayton Lane in North Austin, just east of the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Koenig Lane.
A woman, described by medics only as in her 30s, had been hit by a vehicle and was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center downtown with critical injuries.
A couple of hours later, Austin police responded to another call about a female pedestrian struck by a driver.
According to court documents filed against the driver, the pedestrian and her sister had left the Sixth Street bar Terminal 6 and approached the intersection of East Seventh Street and the southbound frontage road of Interstate 35 shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
The pedestrian was trying to prove “she could run fast in heels,” her sister told police, and she took off before her sister could stop her.
The woman nearly made it across the road before she was struck by a maroon SUV and dragged about 15 yards, an arrest affidavit said.
A witness said the SUV “continued to drive east on Seventh Street until it was no longer in view,” the document said.
The woman was taken to the hospital for a “brain bleed and needed immediate surgery,” police said.
About 20 minutes after police arrived, officers identified a nearby GMC Yukon as the suspect vehicle, the affidavit said.
The SUV’s driver, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Felipe Hernandez, told police “he knew he had hit someone, and proceeded through the northbound service road light, made a U-turn, and sat in his vehicle crying before returning to the scene,” the document said.
Hernandez faces a charge of failure to stop and render aid, according to court documents. He was not in the Travis County Jail on Monday.
The third pedestrian hit by a vehicle last weekend was also the youngest victim.
Medics responded around 10:20 p.m. Sunday to reports of a child struck in the 7700 block of Cameron Road in Northeast Austin.
The child was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center with what medics initially described as life-threatening injuries, EMS officials said.
But a woman who identified herself to KXAN-TV as the child’s mother told the station that her 20-month-old daughter was doing OK on Monday.
Keo Johnson shared a photo and video of her daughter on Facebook after the crash, calling it the scariest night she has had as a mom.
“I almost lost my bestest friend in the whole wide world,” Johnson posted, adding that her daughter suffered an elbow fracture and was resuscitated at the scene.
Her daughter was wearing a seat belt inside a stroller when the crash happened, she said.
“If it wasn’t for that seatbelt in her stroller and my CPR/First aid certification, I woulda lost my lil homie and y’all would’ve lost me too,” Johnson wrote.