AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police arrested the driver of a pedicure early Monday morning after a crash that ejected one of his passengers from the vehicle and sent him to the hospital.
According to the arrest affidavit for the driver, whom police identified as Raven Na, the pedi struck an SUV in the 1800 block of East Second St. around 5 am. The driver of the SUV told police that the driver of the SUV left the scene without exchanging any information.
Police found the bicycle nearby “which had been moved to the northbound lane by several employees of the same bicycle company,” according to the affidavit. Additionally, officers stated that they found Na about a block away.
Police detected a “strong odor of alcohol coming from his face” and said in the court document that Na’s eyes were “bloodshot, glassy and dilated.”
The driver of the SUV told police the pedicab driver was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of East Second and the pedicab hit the SUV while making a right turn onto Salina Street.
The affidavit states the Pedicure driver told police the SUV crossed double yellow lines, but the damage did not match that account. The affidavit also later states that in “unusual actions,” the driver “lied” to some extent during his conversation with police.
According to the document, the passenger ejected from the pedicab was taken to hospital with serious injuries to her left leg, for which she had to undergo surgery. She also has possible internal injuries.
KXAN is contacting police and the city for additional details on this incident. We’ll update this story as we get more information.