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Austin man charged with intoxication assault after grisly scooter crash

Austin man charged with intoxication assault after scooter crash

Jonathan Violante
Police are charging Jonathan Violante with intoxication assault. Austin Police Department

KVUE — A man has been charged with intoxication assault after he allegedly ran over a scooter rider in Austin Saturday afternoon, leaving her with serious injuries, according to police.

Police responded to the crash at the intersection of West 5th Street and North Lamar on June 29 around 4:47 pm.

Police said 24-year-old Jonathan Violante remained on the scene and was found to be the driver of the vehicle that struck the scooter rider.

Violante was allegedly traveling eastbound on West Fifth Street and turned northbound onto North Lamar from a "straight only" lane, while he was passing a truck stopped, waiting for pedestrians to clear the crosswalk.

Police said when Violante made the maneuver, he struck a woman on a scooter, driving over her, leading the woman to have a fractured skull and severe skin abrasions.

Police said Violante admitted to officers that he had been drinking.

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