Robert Anthony Ramirez Killed In Hit And Run In Central Austin
A man riding his bicycle was left dead after a hit and run accident on the Congress Avenue Bridge early Sunday.
The Austin Police Department said 30-year-old Robert Anthony Ramirez was travelling south in the right lane on Congress Avenue. A pickup truck stopped in the middle lane and slowed for the bike.
The accident occurred at around 4:30 a.m. when a speeding black Ford Mustang passed the pickup truck and hit Ramirez.
According to police, the Mustang did not stop and continued south on Congress Avenue travelling at a high rate of speed.
People were performing CPR on Ramirez but when Austin Travis County EMS arrived, the victim was pronounced dead.
Ramirez, known to his friends as “chops”, completely turned his life around, losing more than 60 pounds and commuted to work on his bike to lose weight.
Police said the bike had lights on and was following the law.
The driver of the mustang was taken to Travis County Jail after he called police and turned himself in on Sunday at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Barton Springs Road and South Congress Avenue.
His car was located in the parking garage. He will be charged with a minimum of felony failure to stop and render aid.