North Austin neighborhood in shock after fatal hit-and-run
The police tape is gone from the scene of the crash on Parkfield, just off of Rundberg in North Austin, but the hit-and-run that left one woman dead is casting a pall over the neighborhood.
"It was awful and I couldn't even sleep last night. Those images I have in my mind," said eyewitness Kevin Cianci. "I didn't see what make it was or what, I couldn't identify anything because everything happened so fast."
Ciani tried to help. "I was the one who called 911, even though I was in shock. I couldn't move for like a minute," he said. The woman died at the scene.
She had stopped at a house on the corner of Parkfield and Quailfield, where an impromptu garage sale is underway.
"Well we were evicted off this property," said Veronica Horn. She has lived in the house on the corner for three and half years, with roommates. "Supposedly there were two gentlemen, side by side, racing and it was just too late," she said. "One of the guys saw there wasn't a lane open and he hit his brakes, fishtailed and when the car swung back it, it impacted her."
Speeding and racing is a regular problem on Parkfield, according to neighbors.
"There's been people revving their engines up. You know just today somebody decided to go speeding up and go into the center lane to pass somebody," said Michelle Dumford.
Dumford was sitting on her front porch when the woman was killed, and she hopes the driver faces justice. "She was there and then she wasn't and then a car took off. It was very, very quick."