UT Senior Soccer Player Seriously Injured in Pedestrian Hit-and-run

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 7-Feb-2012

A senior on the University of Texas woman’s soccer team experienced serious injuries after she was struck by a vehicle in a downtown Austin hit-and-run accident.

The hit-and run accident occurred early Friday morning, around 2 a.m., as Kylie Doniak was walking near the intersection of Eighth and San Jacinto Street.

Police said the suspect ran a red light at the intersection and hit Doniak, as well as two other people crossing the street, before he drove away. Officials identified Nicholas Colunga, 22, as the driver of the vehicle that hit pedestrians and flew the scene.

A witness on the scene of the accident followed Colunga, who crashed his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene of the accidents on foot.

Although we never expect to be involved in a pedestrian accident when crossing streets properly, the inattention and negligence of drivers who fail to yield or overlook vital signals and signage can cause serious accidents, injuries and even death.

Area surrounding colleges and universities can pose special risks associated with the number of people walking and biking near intersections and the existence of bars, clubs and restaurants that may particularly target students and young people in the area.

In addition to holding drunk drivers responsible for their role in pedestrian accidents, it is important to hold businesses that serve alcohol responsible for poor decisions regarding amounts of alcohol served and their methods of identifying those who are of legal age to consume alcohol, under Texas DRAM shop laws.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, call our pedestrian accident attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Round Rock and statewide Texas at 254-633-2983, contact our personal injury attorneys online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our pedestrian accident law firm in Texas for a free consultation today.

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