WATCH: Austin Police release video of hit-and-run driver that injured officer
The Austin Police Department has released video in an effort to identify a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that left an officer injured in February.
It happened on Feb. 3 around 9:40 p.m. as the officer was working on a crash investigation in the 3900 block of S. FM 973 on the southbound side in Del Valle.
Police say the officer was struck by the driver, who fled the scene.
The officer is Cody Martin and he's still recovering from a broken shoulder. He still uses a sling and is in rehab so he can get back out on patrol. “The experience has been really rough, I’m just trying to heal and get better but I wouldn’t want anybody else to go through it, that’s for sure," Martin said.
Martin says watching the video is tough, he says his heart races every time he watches it. That's because he feels lucky to be alive after seeing what happened. "What if instead of going over the top of the car I got thrown underneath it, that would’ve been a completely different outcome," Martin said.
Martin said he's not angry at the driver, he just wants him to come forward. "So I know that they can learn from their mistake or accident so that way it doesn’t happen to anybody else," Martin said.
The vehicle, which was carrying 3 passengers, is described as:
- Black or dark colored
- Possibly a 2000-2003 Honda Accord or a 2000-2003 Nissan Altima
- Cracked windshield
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the APD Leaving the Scene Unit at (512) 974-5789 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES.