I spent part of my weekend at a friend’s place on South Lamar during Psych Fest and couldn’t help but notice the “ghost bike” marking the place where bicyclist Andrew Runciman met his maker on the night of April 23. According to police reports, he was riding southbound in the 3500 Block of S. Lamar at 11:44 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a dark-colored SUV, which left the scene. They took him to University Medical Center at Brackenridge, but couldn’t save him.
Really sad deal. I’ve read a little about Andrew and he seemed like a hell of a guy — a computer science major who recently moved to Austin. His bicyclist friends have been beating the bushes trying to stir up anyone who might have seen the tragedy take place. They held a memorial bike ride for him on April 30. Someone is bound to know something. Most likely whoever did it will tell someone and that someone needs to step forward. Accidents happen, but driving away and leaving the victim for dead is just despicable.
You can read more about Andrew, including a heart-breaking letter from his father, on the Republic of Austin blog.
If you know anything, call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8164.