On Sunday, September 2, 2012, Austin police found the body of Lisa Arriaga on the northbound frontage road of I-35 near William Cannon. Rose Roddy has been charged with failure to stop and render aid. Roddy told police that she was unable to avoid hitting Arriaga. Roddy panicked, pulled into a parking lot and called her family for advice. Roddy went back to the scene approximately one hour later.
The hit-and-run victim was walking in the middle of the frontage road, in an area not designated as a pedestrian crosswalk. Had Roddy stopped immediately, she would not have received a ticket for hitting Arriaga, but because Roddy fled the scene and failed to help the victim, she was charged.
Austin police have stated that Roddy was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was in possession of her driver’s license and insurance. She does not have any open arrest warrants.
This tragic incident is one of many hit-and-run accidents that occur in Austin. According to Austin police, there were 327 hit-and-run accidents in 2011. In 2012, 252 hit and runs have been reported to date.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents – and all too often their families – need the expertise of a skilled attorney to handle these complex cases. Contact the Kyle Law Firm today and let us handle your fight for justice.