Police huddle around a 38-year-old San Marcos woman critically injured after being struck by a pickup truck downtown. Police have not identified the pedestrian or the driver charged with intoxication assault. NEWSTREAMZ PHOTO by MARK DECKER
UPDATE | 12:40 p.m., Feb. 2
The couple struck by a pickup truck on the courthouse square early this morning remain in intensive care at an Austin hospital, the city’s spokesperson said today.
Priscilla Torres, 38, and her husband Johnny Torres, 34, of 304 Picasso Drive darted into Hopkins Street shortly after the bars closed at midnight.They were struck by a GMC pickup truck driven by Steven L. Mazac, 24, who is charged with intoxication assault, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.
By BRAD ROLLINS
A pedestrian was critically injured early Saturday morning when she was struck by a vehicle on Hopkins Street as downtown bars were closing just after midnight.
A 38-year-old woman, a San Marcos resident, was darting across the street with a group toward their parked car when she was hit by an eastbound GMC pickup truck, police Sgt. Wade Parham said. She and a 34-year-old man who appeared to suffer less serious injuries were taken by ambulance to Brakenridge Hospital in Austin, Parham said.
The truck’s driver, a 24-year-old San Marcos resident, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault, Parham said. He declined to identify the suspect or victims but said their names would likely be released later today.
Even though the woman did not have the right-of-way to cross the street, the driver is substantially responsible because he was intoxicated and driving faster than the 30 mph speed limit, Parham said. He did not yet know the results of a blood-alcohol test.
“He is still at fault for the accident. [The jaywalking] will be a contributing factor but him being drunk and speeding is the much more egregious behavior,” Parham said.
After being struck and dragged by the truck a short distance, the woman remained in the street attended by onlookers and then police until ambulances arrived, witnesses said. Several onlookers who did not see the actual incident said there had been a fight and the woman was pushed into traffic. “Not true,” Parham said.
Police cordoned off the square and, after the injured were removed, marked debris in the street including a purse with yellow paint. By 1:20 a.m., Guadalupe Street and LBJ Drive had been partially reopened but Hopkins Street was still closed.
The accident happened as scores of bar goers poured into the streets after the close of Friday night business in the bar- and club-lined courthouse square. After the crowd began to clear as investigators scurried around taking pictures, someone asked a police officer if the woman is expected to survive. The cop shook his head no.
ABOVE: A San Marcos police officer administers a field sobriety test to the 25-year-old suspect now charged with causing the accident while driving drunk. NEWSTREAMZ PHOTO by BRAD ROLLINS
CORRECTION: This article originally said the truck’s driver was 25. He is 24.Email | Print