AUSTIN – Three victims of a hit-and-run crash have several witnesses to thank for chasing down the driver Austin police believe hit them and kept going.
It happened late Wednesday night, May 15th, on South First at the intersection of West Gibson. Three people in their twenties were on a scooter heading northbound on South First.
Around the same time police say Ashley Cleveland, who was on West Gibson, was turning left on to South First heading in the same direction when she failed to yield plowing into the scooter.
Witnesses told KVUE News the crash knocked the scooter down the street by 30 feet and the victims by half that distance.
A cab driver who witnessed the crash from beginning to end chased Cleveland down in her car until she pulled into the Whataburger at South First and Barton Springs Road.
Another witness, Curtis Garrigus, didn’t see the crash but says he heard Cleveland’s car dragging something down the street. That “something” ended up being Cleveland’s torn front bumper which was hanging under the car.
When Cleveland pulled into the Whataburger parking lot, both the cab driver and Garrigus blocked her car in so she couldn’t leave until police arrived.
Cleveland was arrested for failure to stop and render aid and driving under the influence.
Two of the three victims were sent to the hospital with injuries, one with a concussion.
“I ride a motorcycle myself and I would hope that somebody would stop in the middle of the night if I was laying in the middle of the road," Garrigus said. "Get a driver. There's enough cabs. One followed you in here, as well as myself. Get a cab. Find somebody to drive you home.”