Manor family searches for answers in hit-and-run crash

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on June 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 7:41 AM

AUSTIN --- A Manor couple is looking for justice after an 18-wheeler dump trailer hit their vehicle last Friday and kept going. 

It happened around 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 7, on eastbound Highway 290 near Springdale Road. 

The area is thick in road construction and there were crews out working at the time, some of whom came to Chris Vasquez’s aid after a truck driver hit him and fled the scene. 

“Even if they didn't stop, I'm not mad that they didn't just to make sure I was fine, but just to speak up if he knows something," said Vasquez. 

The father of two was heading home and says he had the green light and was proceeding through when witnesses say the 18-wheeler dump trailer ran the red light on Springdale. 

The crash totaled Vasquez’s work truck which he had just bought in February. 

Numbers from Austin police show that failure to stop and render aid cases have gone up 26 percent this year compared to last. 

Hit-and-runs are such a problem in the city that now the Austin Police Department has begun a Leaving the Scene Unit, just to handle the cases. 

The Vasquez family is hoping witnesses may have gotten a license plate number of the 18-wheeler or an identifying mark or sign. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Austin police.

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