The family of a 14-year-old boy, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking his bike across a street in Northwest Austin, filed a lawsuit against the accused driver for alleged negligence and the city of Austin for allegedly failing to maintain traffic signals.
According to court documents, Alexi Bauereis' parents are seeking $1 million in damages. They blame both parties for contributing to the death and injuries their son endured on June 7, 2016. On that date, Bauereis' lawyer claims the light signal at the intersection of Spicewood Springs Road had been deactivated by the city. At 10 p.m., while Bauereis was walking crossing the road, Mason Currah, 19, was driving eastbound on Spicewood Springs. The suit alleges Currah failed to slow for the intersection, the flashing signal and yield for Bauereis. Bauereis was struck by Currah's car and died from his injuries, the lawsuit states.
The document also alleges Currah drove while distracted because he allegedly checked his phone before striking the teen.
In regards to the city of Austin, the lawsuit states the city changed the traffic signal from the traditional green/yellow/red cycle.
"The City negligently instituted a flashing red cycle for traffic on Rustic Rock and flashing yellow cycle for traffic on Spicewood Springs. The City chose to switch the light cycle each night at 9:00 p.m. despite heavy pedestrian use in the area," the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit claims the signal's continuous flashing yellow light from 9.m. to 6 a.m. daily was confusing to the public "as to who had the right of way when pedestrians crossed."