This past week a pedestrian was struck by a car and killed on the Lady
Bird lake hike-and-bike trail in Austin. Police say that Joseph Rosales,
21, swerved off the road on Caesar Chavez St. near the Lamar St. Bridge
and crashed into two people who were on the trail. 80-year-old John Griffith
died of his injuries later and a 47-year-old woman suffered a broken leg
According to the Austin-American Statesman, Joseph Rosales, 21, has been
charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and
failure to stop and render aid. Rosales and a passenger in the car with
him argued with witnesses to the accident who told them stay at the scene
until police arrived. The two men eventually left, however, and had to
be escorted back by a police officer.
At first both men denied driving the car, claiming that a third man had
fled the scene. Soon enough though, it emerged that Rosales had been behind
the wheel. Rosales admitted to police that he had fallen asleep numerous
times while driving that day. He told them that he had been awake all
night and also claimed that his passenger had given him Xanax.
For the time being, city workers have put up plastic barriers between the
road and the trail at the site of the accident. The question being asked
now is whether the trail needs more of these barriers between cars and
pedestrians. This isn’t the first time that a car has rumbled onto
the trail along Caesar Chavez St. In 1999, then Governor George W. Bush
was finishing up a three-mile run when a truck overturned near him. The
Governor jumped out of the way but a member of his security was badly injured.
If you’ve been injured in an
auto-pedestrian accident or need an accident defense lawyer, it’s important to seek legal
Contact the Kyle Law Firm today and protect your rights.