Hit and run victims talk to KVUE, police search for suspect


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 11:39 AM

AUSTIN – Police need help from the public to find a white sedan missing its right side mirror. It may have been involved in a hit and run accident involving two women riding their bicycles Sunday night in South Austin.

“We were riding slowly with our bike lights. I had a helmet on. We were slow, and she was maybe 10 feet ahead of me,” Lindsay Goeldner told KVUE News Monday night.

Sunday was Goeldner’s first day in Austin from Toronto. She was visiting her friend Zohar Gewing-Derechinsky. Both ladies decided to ride their bikes up South First to the pedestrian bridge on Lamar.

When they got to the 1100 block of South First by the Texas School for the Deaf, an unknown white sedan sideswiped them both, knocking them to the ground. The car kept going.

“It kind of came out of nowhere -- and I flew off my bike. I landed on the street -- on my back. That's how I got the head injury, and my back injury, and I just kind of scrambled to get to a sidewalk,” said Gewing-Derechinsky.

Both women suffered scrapes, cuts, and bruising.

“Just to be here, be alive, it could have been so much worse. And we're just so lucky to be here,” added Gewing-Derechinsky.

Austin police tell KVUE News that detectives did find the side mirror the white sedan is believed to have left at the scene.

“We're really hoping to just get them off the road so that we can all be just a little bit safer and not have to worry about people like that driving in Austin,” added Gewing-Derechinsky.

If you have  information, call Austin police.