Austin Traffic Fatalities of 2019
We hope that the tragic events recorded on this page act as a reminder to all those in the Austin area to drive safely and respect other drivers. More work is needed to be done to prevent traffic injury and death. You can read more about the work that grassroots activists in organizations such as Vision Zero Texas and Vision Zero ATX have done to raise awareness about the issue and reduce traffic injury.
Recently added posts:
- 5-Year-Old Killed in Hit-and-Run | Illiana Martinez
- Woman Died in East Austin Crash | Hannah Jaggers
- 3 Trucks, 3 Cars, and 1 Fatality in Pflugerville Accident
- Pedestrian Struck, Killed, on South Congress | Carlos Cardenas
- Four Children Killed, Driver in Coma
- Woman Hit, Killed by SUV on MLK | Jessica Saathoff
- Motorcyclist Dies in New Braunfels
- 20-Year-Old Killed in Three Vehicle Drunk Driving Crash | Javier Emanuel Niño Esparza
- Traffic Fatality Near Four Points in Northwest Austin
- Hit and Run Pedestrian Victim Identified | Blair Dismukes
- 17-Year-Old Killed in Left-Turn Crash | Alexia Scordelis
- Man Struck and Killed by Cap Metro Bus near UT | Anthony John Diaz
- Teen Passenger Dies in Single Vehicle Crash | Messiah Zion Mouton
March 21, 2019
A man has been arrested for failing to stop and render aid after a fatal crash in East Austin. Police report that at about 7:40 a.m. March 21 a six-year-old girl was riding in the car with her mother and stepfather. The girl was Illianna Martinez.
Their vehicle was struck by a truck on Palo Blanco Lane near Teri Road. Witnesses near the crash say that the driver and passenger of the truck got out of the vehicle and ran away on foot.
The parents of the girl suffered minor injuries. The girl unfortunately passed away nine days later on March 30, 2019.
A bystander close to the crash conducted CPR on the girl before EMS was able to arrive. She was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center with lacerations and broken bones.
The man, 22-year-old Jorge A. Granados has been arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid, a second degree felony. He was arrested in Slidell, Louisiana on Tuesday April 16, 2019.
Community and police urge drivers in the area to take caution and curb speeding habits. A neighbor told CBS Austin that crashes happen at the intersection frequently. She believes that the addition of speed bumps or more patrols could prevent future crashes.
April 11, 2019
Austin police identified a woman who died in a rollover crash April 3 as Hannah Jaggers. She was 25 years old at the time of the crash.
The crash happened at around 2:29 a.m. while Jaggers was headed east on Wells Branch Parkway. Police say she struck a curb near Heatherwilde Boulevard and went airborne. Her vehicle rolled causing Jaggers to be thrown out of the vehicle.
Jaggers was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries the next day.
This marks the 16th car accident fatality so far in Austin this year.
April 4, 2019
A six vehicle crash took the life of one person in Pflugerville at around 10:15 a.m. Authorities shut down SH 130 following the crash for about 11 hours following the accident. Authorities re-opened the highway at 9:15 p.m.
Three large trucks and three passenger vehicles were involved in the crash. One person died at the scene of the crash, and another person was taken to the hospital.
No details about the cause of the six-vehicle crash have been released at this time. The identity of the deceased has not yet been released to the public.
A man was crossing South Congress Ave Friday, March 29 in the 7300 block when he was struck by a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. Police have identified the man as 45-year-old Carlos Cardenas Jr.
The man was accompanied by another pedestrian who was not hit. Police say the area Cardenas attempted to cross was unlit. According to information posted on Google Maps, the 7300 block of South Congress Ave. has city bus stops near an apartment complex, but no place to cross safely. The area is .5 miles south of William Cannon.
The driver of the Chrysler stayed at the scene of the crash. No charges are expected be filed.
Four children were reported dead after a car accident in Bastrop. Two cars crashed on Texas Highway and Quarter Horse Loop. Four children were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center where they remain in a coma.
Officials say the crash may have been caused by distracted driving. The vehicle with four child passengers was traveling westbound on Hwy 21, waiting to turn left onto Quarter Horse Loop. A red pickup truck rear ended the vehicle going about 58 mph.
The driver and passenger in the red pickup truck were not injured in the accident.
Reports say the Huntsville family and friend were traveling to a dance competition at the time of the crash. The fourth person who died was a friend of the family, and Huntsville High School graduate of 2018. The three siblings in the crash were in 6th, 8th, and 11th grade.
They have been identified as Peyton Mackenzie Irwin, 19; Michael G. Williams, Tiffany Williams, 17. Police have not identified the name of the 12-year-old sibling.
The driver of the vehicle was the mother of the siblings. She remains in a coma at Dell Seton Medical Center. The family was traveling to watch their other sibling, who is part of the Grenadier Guard, perform for National Competition.
The driver of the 2004 Ford F-150 was 18-year-old Juan Jose Hernandez of Spring, TX. Jacqueline Gaspar was a passenger in the truck. No charges have been filed at this time, but the case will be referred to a grand jury. Some reports say that there was no sign of stopping before the truck collided with the sedan. This may be an indication of distracted driving.
March 29, 2019
A woman bicycling was killed in an accident in the 1300 block of Eat Martin Luther King Boulevard Thursday March 29. The crash happened shortly before 9:29 p.m. The woman was pronounced dead at that time at Dell Seton Medical Center.
Police say the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
CapMetro bus routes were rerouted following the crash to allow for accident investigations.
Police have identified the cyclist as 28-year-old Jessica Rae Saathoff.
Update: police say that the cyclist appears to have veered into traffic.
March 23, 2019
A motorcyclist lost control of a Harley Davidson motorcycle around 4:45 p.m. Saturday March 23, 2019.
The single vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Denise Drive and Pams Path.
Officials say the rider, a 24-year-old man struck a utility pole. He was not wearing a helmet. Officials pronounced the young man dead at the scene of the crash.
A brief power outage occurred in the area following the crash.
Around 10:30 p.m. on February 27th a 20-year-old was killed by an intoxicated driver. A white The driver of a white 2000 Lexus ran a red traffic light hitting a grey 2004 Volkswagon Golf heading northbound on Springdale Road.
The impact of the crash caused the Volkswagon Golf, driven by 20-year-old Javier Emanuel Niño Esparza, to strike a third vehicle vehicle. Authorities say the third vehicle was a 2019 Jeep Cherokee that was stopped at the light. Esparza was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three people were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and a fifth person was treated at the scene.
The driver who ran the red light, 29-year-old Duane Harris, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Late Sunday March 2, 2019 authorities responded to a fatal crash near Four Points.
The crash occurred at the 6900 block of North Farm to Market 620. The crash happened in the morning, at 9:56 a.m. The morning weather conditions were foggy.
The identity of the woman has not yet been released. ATCEMS reports that the crash fatality victim was a woman believed to be in her 30s. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A man in his 40s was transported to St. David’s Round Rock with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Tuesday police released the identity of a pedestrian who died at around 8:30 p.m. along the 8100 block of North Lamar Boulevard. The pedestrian was Blair Dismukes, a woman who was 37 years old.
Two pedestrians were walking together when they were both struck by a vehicle. The woman who Dismuke was walking with sustained minor injuries. Dismukes was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are still searching for the driver involved in the hit-and-run.
Police report that a 17-year-old girl has passed away following a crash thursday evening on County Road 117.
Tonya Olsze and Alexia Scordelis, both 17 years old, were traveling southbound on County Road 117 near Bluffstone Drive in Round Rock.
Officials say that the crash happened when Olsze tried to make a left turn onto Bluffstone Drive. A Chevy Silverado driven by 19-year-old Jasmine Olguin struck the car on the passenger side.
Both Scordelis and Olsze were transported to Seton Medical Center Williamson. There Scordelis was pronounced dead.
Scordelis was a student at Stony Point High School. Officials say that crisis counselors are on campus today and will remain as long as needed.
Monday January 28th a Capital Metro bus driver struck and killed a cyclist Monday night on the University of Texas campus. Police ID’d the cyclist as 39-year-old Anthony John Diaz on the afternoon of Wed. Jan 30th.
The driver, Mindi Taylor Stafford, and cyclist were both traveling north San Jacinto Boulevard near 22nd Street. The man became trapped under the bus. He died at the scene. The crash happened at around 10:32 p.m. on Monday Jan 28.
New information released in a lawsuit, shows that Mindi Taylor Stafford had a backpack that contained 4 prescription medications. Side effects of those include confusion, dizziness, and drowsiness. In the field sobriety test, Stafford showed 6 out of 6 possible clues. Police seized the cell phone of the bus driver. Officials say they are still seeking more information in the crash, and have not made an arrest of Stafford.
A UTPD detective watched video and audio from the bus. In it, he could hear passengers yelling at Stafford to watch out for the cyclist. After the collision, Stafford did not break or stop for 110 feet. Officials said that Diaz was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, as well as a light on the front and back of his bike.
The man was identified as Anthony John Diaz, who was a long time employee of Fox 7 news. Anthony “Tony” John Diaz was an employee of FOX 7 news. In an on-air tribute they described him as a very nice guy who liked to tell corny jokes.
A shaken passenger of the CapMetro Bus spoke with KXAN detailing the incident. Caitlin Mitchell said that the driver was not the usual driver for that route. “She was drunk or she was crazy or something. She was not normal. I could feel it the whole time I was on the bus,” said Mitchell. She said that the speed changed frequently, saying that there was nothing steadfast about it. “We kept screaming no, stop, lady! Stop, lady! And she just ran him over.” Watch the interview with passenger, Caitlin Mitchell, and KXAN.
The transportation agency said “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the deceased. We will continue our internal investigation of the accident and are working cooperatively with law enforcement officials.”
Drivers of Cap Metro transit are contractors. Drug testing of drivers is left up to policies of each contract company. That drivers of CapMetro are contractors can provide the transportation agency with a legal buffer. Legal experts say it may be more difficult to hold the agency accountable due to their employment status.
Anyone with information is asked to call 512-471-4441. Anyone who is affected by the event can reach out through the university’s victims advocate network.
Saturday a teen died in a crash around 12:45 p.m. on Springdale Road. A 1997 BMW lost control, skid sideways, flipped and struck a utility pole. The passenger in the vehicle was 13-year-old Messiah Zion Mouton was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
APD has reported that the death of Messiah Zion Mouton was the seventh traffic fatality of 2019 in Austin.
Austin Car Accident Death News 2019
Early Thursday February 7 a driver lost control of their mini cooper and slid into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. The mini cooper was traveling westbound on Oltorf.
The motorcycle rider hit the side of the Mini Cooper, and a driver of a third vehicle, a Honda SUV, struck the motorcyclist.
Police warn that wet weather conditions can cause oil to make the road slick. That’s why it’s always recommended to drive slower when the roads are wet from drizzle or a recent rain.
Police have identified the motorcyclist as Trevor James Ralston. He was employed by the US Marshall Service and worked part-time at Townlake YMCA. He leaves behind his parents, David and Gail Ralston, brothers Brian and Sean. He also leaves behind Abigail Schuman who was to be his wife. He would have turned 33 on February 18, 2019.
The driver of the Mini Cooper was cited for failure to maintain speed.
Friday a 21-year-old man was hit while riding a scooter the wrong way on the Interstate 35 frontage road downtown.
This is the first scooter related death that authorities are aware of in Austin.
The young man, identified as UT student Mark Sands, was riding a Lime scooter at around 1 a.m. Friday Feb. 1. He collided with a Volkswagon Jetta that was being driven as an Uber at the time of the crash. Reports say that Sands was riding the scooter northbound in southbound lane of the I-35 frontage road near Sixth St. The Uber driver involved in the crash remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigations. Police are still investigating the case.
Sands was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for brain damage and critical injuries. He spent a day and a half in critical condition at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and was pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m.
Mark Sands was an exchange student visiting from Ireland. He was a member of the Texas Iron Spikes, a men’s student organization. The Texas Iron Spikes have made the following public statement:
The Texas Iron Spikes are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss
of Mark Sands. Mark was an incredible man who always brought a smile to those around him. He was a kind, loving, and caring individual who regularly put others first. He was truly a blessing to know and touched so many lives for the better. Mark will be missed greatly, and our organization sends our love and condolences to Mark’s family and friends.
Lime also made a public statement to KXAN saying:
We were devastated to learn of this tragic death here in Austin, and our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time. We have been in contact with local authorities and will continue to assist however possible.
– Collin Morgan, Lime Austin/San Antonio General Manager
The Uber driver involved in the crash remained on the scene and is cooperating with authorities.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family travel to the U.S. for expenses related to his family’s travel to the U.S. and burial expense.
In response to the GoFundMe support, Mark Sands’ mom posted to the page in appreciation:
This is Marks Mum here. We are overwhelmed by all your support. Your comments are uplifting and a great comfort to us. Marks organs are being harvested at 10am here 4pm Irish time. Could you please play the U2 song Elevation and take a few minutes to remember him. It was a very special song between Mark and I and one I was going to dance with him at his wedding and do our goofy dance. It would mean a lot to me. It will be playing in the operating theatre when they work on him. We fly home later today. Such sadness is overwhelming us. Xx
Police have identified the woman who died in a two vehicle crash on William Cannon January 18, 2019. Authorities report that she died at the scene of the crash.
Authorities believe the crash happened when the deceased woman, Ann Bottenfield-Seago, failed to yield at a stop sign at Ridge Oak Road. She was traveling west when she collided with a truck heading east.
The driver and passenger in the truck went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
No charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the truck.
An innocent man was struck and killed in a deadly racing crash early December on the 183 service road. The driver of a 2004 Honda sedan, Barkat Umatia, was traveling northbound on Payton Gin Rd. at the time of the crash. Police report that a 2006 Mercedes sedan was traveling westbound on the service road of 183, striking Umatia. The crash occurred around 8:39 p.m. on Dec. 4.
The driver of the Mercedes was racing another vehicle, that still has yet to be identified, when the crash happened. The driver of the unidentified vehicle was operating a black SUV.
The driver of the Mercedes was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with injuries that are not expected to be life threatening.
Those that knew Barkat Umatia said that he was a good person and he was in the convenience store industry.
Deadly crashes of 2018
- Deadly Crash Causes Delays Near Austin Airport
- Woman Killed in New Braunfels, I-35 Crash | Betty Gibson
- Elgin Family Loses 3 when Semi Fails to Yield to Right of Way
- Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run on Springdale Rd | Billy Jack Dickey
- Police Identify Thanksgiving Traffic Fatality | Mary Lucille Ochoa
- Passenger Killed in Buda Drunk Driving Crash | Kaleb Nielson
- Passenger of Drunk Driver Dies after Crash on 969 | Yesenia Lopez-Rodriguez
- Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Mopac | Aaron Weir
- 21-year-old Pedestrian Struck in Hit and Run | Brett Lambert
- Pedestrian Struck by Intoxicated Driver | Seth Mendoza
- Passenger in Ford Escape Killed | Ronald Hadnot
- Four killed in Bastrop hydroplane crash
- Father of five killed in Leander hit-and-run | Danny Roy Hankins
- Labor Day Crash in Lampasas County Kills Austin Woman | Maria Rios Lopez
- Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Claims Life | Michael Anthony Reed-Harper
- 19-year-old Killed in Hit and Run | Deemora Benson
- Pastor loses wife and son on 183 | Sharon Johnson, Sheldon Ray Johnson
- Truck Driver Loses Control Near Airport | Glenn Christopher Lewis
- 22-year-old Driver and Passenger Thrown from SUV on I-35
A man who was driving a truck along 183 at SH 71 faces intoxication manslaughter charges after he and his passenger were ejected from the vehicle during a crash. The crash occurred early in the morning on Sunday December 30th.
Around 3 a.m. first responders rushed to a vehicle that had left the roadway and rolled over before coming to a stop. The vehicle had been traveling eastbound on SH 71 after coming off HWY 183.
The driver, identified as 37-year-old Prospero Campos-Baladez, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony. He is currently in the Travis County Jail with a bond set at $30,000.
The passenger has not been identified, but was described by authorities as 40-year-old Corbin Sabillon-Garcia.
A 57-year-old woman was killed in a suspected drunk driving crash in New Braunfels on Sunday Dec 30. A 51-year-old man driving a 2006 Ford F350 pickup struck the back of a 2018 Peterbilt flatbed tow truck.
The crash happened at around 10:59 p.m. along the frontage road of I-35 in New Braunfels.
The impact of the crash instantly killed the passenger of the pickup, Betty Gibson. The driver now faces intoxication manslaughter charges.
Semi Kills Three in Bastrop
Three people were killed Tuesday morning when a semi-trailer struck the Chevy Tahoe they were riding in.
Officials have released the names of the deceased as 21-year-old Jesus J Escalante Valdez, 21-year-old Alixis Eduardo Hernandez and 22-year-old Clemente Nava.
According to officials, the truck tractor semi-trailer was headed eastbound and failed to yield to the right of way when making a wide turn on Roy Davis Road.
All three victims were from Bastrop.
Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run on Springdale Rd
Austin police are searching for the driver that killed pedestrian, Billy Jack Dickey, on Dec. 1 2018. The crash happened at around 1:30 a.m. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid. No description of the vehicle is provided at this time. The crash happened in the 900 block of Springdale Rd.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call vehicular homicide detectives at 512-974-6935.
Police Identify Thanksgiving Traffic Fatality
On Thanksgiving day Mary Lucille Ochoa, 54, was killed after losing control of her vehicle. The crash happened at around 3:17 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.
Ochoa and her passenger were traveling on 183 in the 14500 block in southeast Austin. The vehicle, a 2002 Toyota Avalon was traveling northbound at the time of the crash. Ochoa and her passenger were both transported to Dell Seton Medical Center.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police.
Passenger Killed in Buda Drunk Driving Crash
A 22-year-old Kyle man has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter charges. A fiery crash killed the passenger, Kaleb Nielson.
At 2:30 am on Sunday Nov. 25, police rushed to the crash at the intersection of Dove Drive and Treetrop Way. The car was wrapped around a tree. By the time officers arrived the vehicle was engulfed in flames.
Police say the driver, Cade Brown, was driving the vehicle around 75 – 80 mph around a curve. The speed limit on Dove Drive is 35 mph.
Brown told police he had been drinking throughout the day including at two local bars. Brown was released from jail on a $50,000 bond the day after the crash, according to Hays County online records.
According to police, 25-year-old driver, Alan Torrez-Yanez has been charged with an intoxication manslaughter charge after his passenger, Yesenia Lopez-Rodriguez, died.
The crash happened Nov. 9 at 9:09 p.m. when Torres-Yanez drove his white Ford van while intoxicated. Reports indicate that Torres-Yanez was traveling on FM 969 and trying to pull onto Regency Drive when the van was struck by a blue Honda.
Aaron Ross Weir died early in the morning on Nov. 4, 2018 shortly after trying to cross N. Mopac in the 11300 block. Weir was struck by multiple vehicles, several which failed to stop.
A silver Nissan, traveling southbound, struck Weir at 12:33 a.m. The driver stayed at the scene.
Another driver – who hit a different vehicle involved in the crash – fled the scene.
Authorities are searching for a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian on I-35 and 8th street. Austin police identified the pedestrian on Nov. 4 as 21-year-old Brett Lambert.
A reward of up to $1,000 is available to someone who shares information leading to the driver’s arrest. People who provide tips to law enforcement can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 or use the “P3 Tips” smartphone app.
This crash marks the 66th person to die in Austin this year.
Family and friends have remembered Brett Lambert as a friendly and giving young man who was passionate about sports.
McMinn Law Firm represented a case in 2018 in which a bicyclist was struck by a hit and run driver who was later identified, and found to be intoxicated. Luckily in this situation no one died. McMinn Law Firm was able to recover over $1.2M for the bicyclists’ injuries.
On October 19th, a pedestrian was killed when he was struck on S. Lamar by a driver who had been drinking.
Police say the victim, Seth Mendoza, was not walking in the sidewalk when he was struck. They say he was walking in the Southbound lane of S. Lamar Blvd just south of Bluebonnet Lane. Mendoza was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:32 a.m.
The driver, 23-year-old William Roy, stayed on scene. Officers arrested him for DWI. No additional charges are expected at this time. Roy was driving a Toyota Highlander.
Passenger Lost Life in Northwest Austin Crash
Police have announced that a 52-year-old man lost his life in a Northwest Austin crash. The crash occurred Friday October 12 in the evening.
A driver in a Nissan Altima pulled out of a private drive in 12700 block of Research Boulevard (US Hwy 183). The driver attempted to pull into a lane, hitting a Ford Escape in which Hadnot was a passenger.
Ronald Hadnot was rushed to Dell Seton Medical Center where he died on Tuesday October 16.
The driver of the Altima stayed at the scene and was not suspected to be intoxicated. This marks the 58th traffic fatality in Austin in 2018.
Four Killed, Child Injured in Bastrop Crash
Bastrop authorities report that a pickup truck hydroplaned on Texas Highway 95 and struck a vehicle in oncoming traffic. The pickup struck a Honda sedan, killing the driver and three passengers. Two of those who died were juveniles. A child was also traveling in the 1996 Honda, and was critically injured.
Authorities have released the identities of the victims. Among them are:
- Yadira Xiomara Paredes Ramirez, 30
- her daughter, Monica Alejandra Paredes, 8
- daughter, Daicelin Sofia Paredes, 3
- father-in-law, Sergio Agua Casarrubia, 62
Yadira’s 1-year-old, Eris Regina Paredes, remains in critical condition at Dell Children’s Hospital.
Authorities say the Bastrop pickup truck was speeding, or traveling “at an unsafe speed” during a period of light rainfall.
The pickup driver is in stable condition at a Central Texas hospital.
Residents of the area say that the road is known to be dangerous because of the 65 mph speed limit. A boy died at the location of the crash when a pickup truck lost control in July 2018, just two months prior. Since the crash, TxDoT has announced they will review the speed limit on the road.
Leander police are searching for the driver who killed Round Rock man, Danny Roy Hankins.
- Police believe that the truck involved was a white or light-colored GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck. Authorities believe there was a tool box in the back and a work rack. The truck should have damage to the rear, rear bumper, and tail lamp.
Roy Hankins is survived by his wife, Aleisha Hankins, and five children.
Roy Hankins was struck while riding his motorcycle home. His wife Aleisha got the news when she woke up in the middle of the night, realizing he wasn’t there. The last she heard from his was 11:45 p.m. saying he was on his way home.
Aleisha checked Danny’s location on her phone and rushed to where he was being treated at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.
When she arrived, medics there told her the news. Danny had been struck in a hit-and-run crash and did not survive.
Danny Hankins lost his life the same day as Aleisha Hanks lost her late husband
His death happened on the same day, eleven years ago, that her late husband died in a car accident while leaving Krause Springs on FM 1431. Aleisha Hankins had planned to attend church with her family to remember her late husband, Aaron Anglin, and later visit his grave. Instead, Aleisha began making funeral arrangements for Danny.
The couple got married in 2015, joining their families together. Danny Hankins’ three young children and Aleisha Hankins’ two daughters all lived together in their home in Leander. She says “he would do anything for any of them without asking anything in return. He loves more than a lot of people I know. He lived life like there wasn’t a tomorrow.”
She said they saved up for a motorcycle together. She says that he always wore a helmet while riding the bike, and that he rode it daily.
Danny worked for the Cedar Park Public Works Department. Coworkers planned a memorial motorcycle ride on Sunday September 30 that stopped at a restaurant and traveled to his funeral.
How you can help:
Help police find the hit-and-run driver.
Police are still searching for the driver of the white pickup truck. A witness said that they saw it travel from Palmera Ridge into the path of Danny’s motorcycle where he was riding on Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
The unsafe turn into oncoming traffic caused Danny Hankins to run into the rear of the truck. The witness said that the driver stopped briefly, but then fled the scene.
The vehicle they believe was involved in the crash was been found abandoned Monday night.
Anyone with information is asked to call 512-528-2814 or they can submit an anonymous tip online.
Provide support for the family as they face uncertainty from loss.
A friend of Aleisha Hankins has set up a GoFundMe account where the community can help support the family by donating.
Labor Day Crash Kills Austin Woman, Maria Rios Lopez
Two vehicles collided in rainy weather on September 3, 2018 at around 2:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 183 in Lampasas.
The collision involved a 2014 Dodge Charger, driven by 67-year-old Maria Rios Lopez, and a 2010 Ford F350 pickup driven by Brandy I. Jones. 44-year-old Jones, of Round Rock, was towing a 1976 homemade livestock trailer.
Pedestrian Michael Anthony Reed-Harper Killed in North Austin
Police have identified a man killed in a hit and run Sunday September 2 as Michael Anthony Reed-Harper. The accident ocurred in the 12200 block of Dessau Road near Parmer Lane. Reports indicate that the man died at the scene of the crash due to trauma.
Anyone who has information about this hit and run crash is asked to call the department’s vehicular homicide unit at 512-974-5576.
The pickup with trailer lost control when it hydroplaned while traveling northbound. It jackknifed toward the Ford’s driver side.
Lopez steered to her right to avoid a collision but was unable to prevent the crash. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passengers, Dario M. Chavez, 51, and Gloria Jaramillo, 50, were transported to area hospitals. Reports indicate that Lopez was wearing a seatbelt.
Jones and her passenger were uninjured.
19-year-old Deemora Benson Died From Injuries in August Accident
Police report that Deemora Benson was killed while crossing the frontage road of Interstate 35 near East Seventh Street. The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 18. Benson was hospitalized since the crash, and succumbed to her injuries September 6, 2018.
Police say Benson was struck by an SUV driver, 21-year-old Felipe Hernandez, that fled the scene but later returned. He was arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid (a third-degree felony.)
The sister of Benson said that they had just left the Terminal 6 bar and was trying to prove that “she could run fast in heels” according to court documents.
Benson is the 50th person that has died in Austin traffic crashes in 2018.
Kendall Taylor Dezelle Loses Life After SUV Runs Off I-35
Authorities in Austin have identified Kendall Taylor Dezelle as the woman who died in the hospital from injuries sustained in a crash on I-35. The report stated that a white 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling north at 6 a.m. on Interstate 35 near Howard Lane. The SUV left the roadway and began to roll.
Dezelle and her passenger were thrown from the vehicle. 22-year-old Dezelle succumbed to injuries from the crash six days after the crash on August 27th.
Austin Police Department is still investigating this crash. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-3761.
Pastor’s Wife and Son Killed in Burnet County Collision
On July 3rd, Sharon Orsak Johnson and her 13-year-old son were killed while traveling on US Highway 183 in Burnet County.
The crash occurred when a Dodge Ram driving in the opposite direction of two vehicles crossed into their lane. The Dodge Ram was traveling north on 183. Sharon Johnson was driving a Chrysler Town and Country minivan going south. A Chevrolet Equinox traveling south was also hit.
Sharon Orsak Johnson was driving with her son riding in the car. The driver of the Equinox was retired pastor Rev. Sheldon Ray Johnson, who was transported to the hospital. He was traveling with a 57-year-old woman who was also transported to the hospital.
According to reports, the entire small town of Goldthwaite either knew or was familiar with the Johnson family. Those who remember her described her as “jolly” “fun” and having a great sense of humor. Ginger Spies, a member of the handbell choir at church, said that Ray was a cute kid, and that he “wouldn’t turned out to be … something exceptional.”
The crash occurred on Johnson’s first day of retirement. A colleague said that he and his family were traveling to their new home with the collision happened.
Man Dies in 18-wheeler Crash near Airport
Police have identified that a man, Glenn Christopher Lewis, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene after he lost control of his truck. The crash occurred July 3rd on E. Hwy 71. The crash caused all westbound lanes of SH 71 to SH 130 and FM 973 to close.
The truck was loaded with bags of concrete and landed topside. In severe rollover truck accident cases, improper loading of the freight has been known to cause drivers to lose control of vehicles.
The death of Glenn Christopher Lewis marks Austin’s 30th fatal crash in 2018.
Taylor Bicyclist, Michael Webb, Dies While Riding on Main Street
A bicyclist was killed while riding down Main Street in Taylor on June 11. He was struck by a dump truck that was traveling eastbound on West Sixth st. While making a right turn, the dump truck collided with the bicyclist who was traveling northbound on the sidewalk and entering the sidewalk.
The driver of the dump truck was not identified, but is reported to be a 24-year-old man from Hutto.
Police Say Wet Roads, Tires to Blame for Three Fatality Crash
Three were killed in a June 9 crash on Highway 71 in Spicewood, TX. Among those were 17-year-old Maribel Enriquez, Preben Hammer, 71, and Alice Hammer, 68.
Maribel Enriquez was a talented soccer player at Marble Falls High School. She was a rising senior. Both Preben Hammer and Alice Hammer were city commissioners appointed by District 6 council member Jimmy Flannigan.
The brother of Maribel Enriquez, Jose Ornelas, 31, was transported to the hospital and remained in ICU days after the crash.
Following the crash, many in the Marble Falls community stepped up to help the Enriquez family with funeral costs. Jennifer Hall, the MFISD Admin to Athletic Chair, stated that:
Our Mustang family lost a precious young lady yesterday in a tragic auto accident. Maribel Enriquez was an upcoming senior and talented soccer player. She will be dearly missed. Proceeds from this week’s boys and girls soccer camp starting tomorrow will be donated to the family to help with funeral expenses. If you know of anyone that would want to attend the camp, please let them know. The Bluebonnet Cafe and Super Taco (where Maribel worked) are collecting donations as well.
Slick Tires Caused Austin Area Fatal Crash
Authorities determined that the two vehicle crash was caused by bald tires on a slick roadway. Enriquez was driving a Ford Mustang on a wet stretch of Texas 71. The car’s worn rear tires caused the young driver to lose control of the vehicle, slide across multiple lanes of traffic. Her vehicle collided with a Mercedes-Benz carrying Preben Hammer and Alice Hammer who died as a result of the crash.
Two passengers were traveling in the Mercedes-Benz. Susan Stein, 78, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center in critical condition. The second passenger in his 80s was not transported to the hospital.
City Officials Urge Drivers to Check Tires
Following this immense loss, officials are asking the public to take a closer look at the wear and tear on tires, as well as ensuring they are properly inflated.
It was raining when the crash happened, leading officers to believe that the slick roads and worn tires were to blame.
Tire tread can reduce your chances of hydroplaning! If you would like further explanation about why hydroplaning happens, and what to do when it happens to you, check out McMinn Law Firm’s resource on driving in the rain.
Neighbors Say Texas 71 Road Design is Flawed
Although safety improvements have been made to the road, those to travel it most often still say there are safety concerns. Over time lanes have been added so that drivers can make left and right turns safer.
However the road has been the site of multiple deadly crashes over recent years. An April 2017 crash claimed the lives of three female teenagers in a bus chartered by Huston-Tillotson University.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have been effected in these deadly incidents. It is our hope that they are able to recover justice they deserve. In the future, we hope that road improvements can prevent future tragedies.
Austin Officers Identify 18-year-old Who Died Saturday in East Austin Crash
Update May 30 2018: Austin police have identified an 18-year-old who died in a crash Saturday as Sean Everton Bodie.
According to reports, Bodie was driving east in the 7600 block of FM 969 near Decker Lane when he lost control of the vehicle. Reports indicate that Bodie crossed railroad tracks at a high rate of speed.
Bodie veered into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes, where a Ford F-250 struck Bodie’s vehicle.
Bodie was pronounced dead at the scene. Two adults in their 50s were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A child was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. A second child sustained minor injuries. It is not clear which vehicle the children were in. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sean Everton Bodie following their tragic and sudden loss. We hope for a safe recovery for those who where injured in the crash.
For more information about Austin Car Crashes, visit this resource for Austin crash victims and their families.
Round Rock Officer Died from Injuries While Directing Traffic Around an Accident
Update May 2 2018: Round Rock police officer Charles Whites has died two months after he was struck by an intoxicated driver while directing traffic around a deadly hit-and-run on Interstate 35. A funeral is being held in his memory today.
Officer Whites is the first officer of Round Rock to be killed in the line of duty. He was a 19-year veteran of the force. He was an avid outdoorsman who managed an outdoor retail shop before getting into policing in his mid-40s.
Feb 25, 2018: A Round Rock Police officer was transported to the hospital early Sunday morning after being struck by an intoxicated driver.
Early Sunday morning at approximately 5:27 a.m. Round Rock police received a call about a pedestrian walking near I-35. When officers arrived, a deceased person was found on I-35 near Old Settlers Boulevard. Police later identified the pedestrian as 25-year-old Amir Azad. The driver that struck Azad did not stay on the scene to render aid.
Police shut down the road to investigate the fatal crash. Northbound lanes of I-35 remained closed for seven hours. As crews worked to investigate both crashes, three team members were shocked by a lightning strike. Two were officers and one a support technician. All three were taken to the hospital.
A 65-year-old driver struck officer Charles White. The man, who police expect to charge with intoxication assault, stopped at the scene.
Whites remains in critical condition. He is an 18-year veteran of the department.
Did you know?
Texas has a Move Over Slow Down Law designed to protect officers working crashes and traffic stops. The law requires drivers to move out of the lane closest to an emergency vehicle, TXDoT crew, or police officer. If it is not possible to move out of the closest lane, drivers are required to reduce the speed to 20 miles below the speed limit.
In November 2017, DPS trooper Thomas Nipper was fatally struck by a driver while conducting a traffic stop. In response, WilCo conducted a single-day crackdown of enforcement of the “move over/slow down law” on November 14 that same year.
A Texas law passed in 2013 to expand the protections for TXDoT crews. Before the expansion of the law, more than 100 TxDoT employees lost their lives while working.
Police Identify Passenger Who Died in Monday Crash, Dean Hood
Two suspected drunk drivers were charged following a crash in downtown Austin early Monday.
Police have identified the drivers as Kelsi Weatherby, 27, who was driving with passenger Dean Hood in a Hyundai Elantra. Weatherby was driving in the center lane of I 35 frontage road toward the Cesar Chavez intersection. Around that time she was struck from behind by driver Devin Nethery, in a red Chrysler 200 sedan.
A third vehicle was involved when Weatherby’s vehicle hit a Volvo. The driver of the Volvo was uninjured.
Dean Hood, the passenger in Weatherby’s vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Nethery, the 22 year old driver of the red Chrysler 200 sedan, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Kelsi Weatherby was charged with DWI.
Student Succumbs to Injuries 10 Days After Slaughter Lane Crash
Police reported that Daniel Franco Tovar succumbed to injuries incurred on Wednesday Feb 28 in front of KIPP middle school in South Austin.
The school is located in the 700 block of E. Slaughter Lane. Police say that the boy’s family was with him at the time of the crash.
The driver who struck him ran to a nearby gas station to ask them to call 911.
This crash marked the third pedestrian accident on Slaughter Ln. in less than two weeks.
Police officer Demetri Hobbs told CBS Austin that the intersection would have been very dark at the time of the crash, 6:30 a.m. The intersection is one that is expected to see improvements from money from the 2016 Mobility Bond. It isn’t known yet if street lights will be added to the intersection.
The proposed corridor program details up to 14 miles of bike lanes, new sidewalks, and improved traffic lights that promote pedestrian safety.
A pedestrian hybrid beacon is planned for a location just up the hill from the intersection.
Two Children Killed in Cedar Park Crash in front of Walmart
The parents of two boys killed in a Cedar Park racing crash are suing the racers for $15 million.
The drivers named in the suit are:
- Blake Kirkpatrick, 22
- Michael Hammer, 18
The lawsuit alleges that “Defendant Blake Kirkpatrick was later bragging to friends and acquaintances that he was involved in a crash which he saw on the news – and which resulted in the death of children.”
Their parents are also named in the suit.
Both drivers are charged with two counts of racing on a highway causing death.
Two drivers have been arrested in connection with a racing crash that killed two Cedar Park boys.
Cedar Park police say that Hayden Hammer, 18, was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck when he slammed into a Nissan Rogue SUV.
According to surveillance video from nearby businesses and evidence at the scene, police determined Hammer was racing another truck in the westbound lanes White Stone Boulevard when he struck the SUV.
Police asked the public for help in identifying a red or maroon Ford F-260. Police have not yet released the name of the second driver.
Wednesday Jan 10 just before 4 p.m. police and paramedics responded to a serious crash in Cedar park that killed two children and left another in serious condition.
Police reported that the crash happened at the corner of West Whitestone Boulevard (FM 1431) and Walton Way. The crash occurred in the area close to the Walmart. A Dodge Ram pickup Truck appears to have struck a Nissan Rouge SUV.
Thursday afternoon police identified the two children who died on site as 1-year-old Daniel Chaudhary and 8-year-old Elijah Chaudhary. Both children were traveling in the red SUV with a 31-year-old female driver who was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
A driver and passenger in the pickup truck were treated for minor injuries.
It was reported that one child was removed from the vehicle by a witness. Police stated that one child was buckled in, but did not say whether either children were in car seats.
Cedar Park police say the 8-year-old, Elijah, was a student at Winkley Elementary School. Leander ISD released a statement and the Principal of Winkley Elementary sent a letter home to parents advising them that one of their students died in a car accident.
Our school community is grieving the loss, and we extend our
deepest sympathy to the family. – Donna Brady
The letter provides parents with ways to help their children to cope with death, as suggested by the National Association of School Psychologists. They suggest maintaining a normal routine, avoiding euphemisms, and watching for changes in their child’s behavior, among other things.
The school says there will be resources and additional counseling support for staff and students “for as long as necessary.”
Writer, Cyclist Killed While Changing Tire
Family and friends mourn the loss of cyclist Andrew Tilin. A well-known cyclist was struck by a truck Saturday morning while changing a flat tire on the side of the road. Tilin was best known for writing a book about how supplemental testosterone affected his bike racing performance. Saturday when the crash occurred, Tilin was riding along RM 620 with a group of cyclists from Grupo VOP.
A collision between a pickup truck and a car caused the truck to spin out of control and into Tilin.
Following the collision on Marshall Ford Road and North FM 620 Rd, Tilin was transported to Round Rock Medical Center. A woman in her 20s was also transported to Round Rock Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash occurred at around 9 am Saturday morning.
According to a commenter on mystatesman.com, the road tends to get slick at that intersection when it begins to rain. They continued “A few months ago someone was airlifted out due to a head-on collision. Now this. At what point will TXDot figure out they need to do something?” Read more about the crash here.
A community mourns the loss of beloved cyclist and father, Andrew Tilin
Tilin leaves behind two children, among other loved ones including a girlfriend of 4 years and an ex-wife. He was a prominent member in the Austin cycling community after moving to the city in 2011.
The loss of this Austin writer and freelancer is the first death in one of Austin’s longest running club rides, Grupo VOP.
In his cycling career, Tilin took testosterone legally as part of hormone replacement therapy. His book “The Doper Next Door” outlines his experience during the year of his treatment. The steroids, he says, made him a faster rider and stronger on the bike. But he did not enjoy how they made him feel moody and caused friction between him and his cycling friends.