UT professor behind hit-and-run, police say

Alberto Long

Police say a UT professor is behind a hit-and-run incident that left one bicyclist injured on North Lamar Boulevard near West 10th Street on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the arrest warrant, communication studies professor Richard Cherwitz hit a bicyclist while driving on North Lamar Boulevard and fled the scene. He was charged with failure to stop and render aid.

Witnesses at the scene said around 3 p.m. a bicyclist was struck by Cherwitz’s vehicle as he turned onto West 10th Street. Cherwitz did not stop and left behind a license plate which authorities found was registered to Cherwitz, the warrant said.

Cherwitz told officers at his home that he saw someone make a rude gesture at him while at 10th and Lamar and he kept driving, according to the same warrant.