Supporters raise money for Austin cyclist hospitalized after hit and run



Posted on October 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 6:47 PM

AUSTIN -- Friends and supporters are gathering Tuesday to raise awareness and money for an Austin cyclist who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident.

On Friday Oct. 12 around 4:30 a.m., Austin police were called to a hit-and-run accident at Guadalupe and 17th Street.

Brian Lindquist, 27, was riding his bike to work at the Double Tree Hotel on 15th Street when police say a driver hit him and kept going. Lindquist remains in serious condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital.

"Part of the torturous aspect of this is not knowing. What is going to happen to Brian? This could happen to you. This could happen to me. Brian was engaged in ordinary events. He was just riding his bicycle on his way to work," said Lenore Shefman, Lindquist's lawyer.

Last week his mother spoke to KVUE, saying she has no idea whether her son will recover.

“He had a craniotomy early Friday morning right after the accident. His brain is still swollen,” said his mother Susan Buehler.

Truett Don Jones, 25, is charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxication assault.

According to arrest affidavit for Jones, he is said to have had bloodshot and glassy eyes. The paperwork mentions that Jones asked officers what he hit, and that he fell backwards during his sobriety test.

Detectives said Jones dragged the bicycle Lindquist was on, leaving deep grooves in the payment. It was these markings that led police right to him.

A background search on Jones found at least three previous arrests for marijuana possession, the latest on Aug. 12 in Guadalupe County.

“We don't know, nobody knows, if he's (Lindquist) going to survive. Nobody knows the long-term effects, his cognitive abilities or anything right now,” said Buehler.

Buehler told KVUE she hopes other Austin cyclists will wear helmets at all times, and questions whether a helmet would have helped her son.

“I wish he could see what he's done to my son and everything that we're having to go through," said Buehler.