Texas teen arrested; gruesome footage appears to show him deliberately run over wheelchair-bound man

A 17-year-old was arrested for a gruesome incident caught on camera that sent a man in a wheelchair to the hospital with severe, life-threatening injuries.

Pablo Antonio Avila-Banagas was arrested on Friday after allegedly running over the wheelchair-bound man in a north Austin parking lot the previous Saturday and then fleeing the scene, CBS Austin reported.

“Surveillance video released by the Austin Police Department shows the victim crossing a parking lot in his electric wheelchair when he put up his hand and motioned for an oncoming truck to slow down,” the affiliate reported.

Instead, the driver of the truck appears to steer directly into the disabled man and run him over. The wheelchair remains in front of the truck and is eventually run over as the vehicle skipped a curb and fled the scene.

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As seen in the footage, a fire truck was passing the scene at the very moment of the horrific incident and turned back immediately to render aid to the injured man.

Avila-Banagas was identified by police as the driver and was charged with failure to stop and render aid (serious bodily injury), a third-degree felony, injury to a disabled person, a second-degree felony, unlawful carry of a weapon (firearm), a Class A Misdemeanor, and failure to identify in relation to this case, a Class B Misdemeanor, according to CBS Austin.

Needless to say, there was little sympathy for the teenager… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:


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