Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 10:42 a.m.
Location: 5400 block of South Pleasant Valley Road
Deceased: Eric Walz | White male | 11/01/1985
***UPDATE*** APD's Homicide Unit has located the vehicle and individual who was driving at the time. The investigation continues and detectives will consult with the District Attorney's office.
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, at approximately 10:42 a.m., Austin 9-1-1 received multiple reports of an individual having been struck by a vehicle in the 5400 block of South Pleasant Valley Road. Witnesses described the male, Eric Walz, as lying unresponsive next to his vehicle. Eric Walz was transported to a local hospital in serious condition by Austin-Travis County EMS. He was declared brain dead on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:02 a.m.
Once notified, detectives immediately began locating witnesses. Preliminary information shows that the incident stemmed from road rage. Video of the impact has been located. Walz exited his car and approached the front of the other driver’s vehicle that was attempting to leave. The driver of the other vehicle struck Walz and accelerated, launching Walz over the hood of the car. The vehicle left the scene, leaving Walz on the ground. The other driver did not stop to render aid, nor did that person report the incident to police. Police are searching for a light brown Scion XB.
The Travis County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy in the near future to officially determine cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at email@example.com. You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.