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Austin Traffic Fatalities of 2021

McMinn Law Firm has represented clients as Austin car accident lawyer for 15 years. This unique perspective gives us a profound compassion for the human, family, and financial losses a serious crash inflicts. 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 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 to reduce traffic injuries.

If you or someone you love was killed in a traffic crash, contact an Austin personal injury attorney. McMinn Law Firm helps Austinites file wrongful death actions in civil court. These actions can help families seek monetary relief and accountability.

Fatal Car Accidents April 2021
Fatal Car Accidents March 2021
Fatal Car Accidents February 2021
Fatal Car Accidents January 2021

Motorcyclist Killed on I-35 Near U.S. 290 | Joseph Harrell Hayman

April 27, 2021

Police have identified a man lost to a motorcycle crash as 24-year-old Joseph Harrell Hayman.

Police say that he was operating a 2020 Honda CB500 motorcycle when he collided with a 2012 Hino box truck. The crash happened on I-35 southbound near U.S. 290.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene of the crash and complied with officers. No criminal charges are expected to be filed.


Hunter Hartman, Manor Police Department Employee Killed in Deadly Car Crash

April 17 2021
Manor Police Department has reported a deadly crash at the intersection of 290 and El Rey Boulevard that killed one employee. The department stated that 27-year-old Hunter Hartman held a master’s degree in social work from Baylor University.

“Hunter was dedicated to a life of service particularly to victims of crime and those experiencing mental health crisis. Hunter served beside our Officers in providing compassionate and caring assistance to our community. Hunter will be missed and the void left behind will be felt in our hearts for years to come.” – Manor Police Department

Another person was injured in the crash. They were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. No other details about the crash are known at this time.


Scooter Rider Dies After Crash on South Congress | Paulo Vaughn Mitchell

A scooter rider died from injuries sustained in a crash that happened on April 9, 2021. The crash happened on the 300 block of East Riverside Drive at around 2:00 p.m. between a 2019 Ryder box truck.

The scooter operator was riding a MotoTec brand scooter.

No charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the box truck. Read more at CBSaustin.com.


Pedestrian Killed on I-35 | Duston Theron Harrison

April 14, 2021

A pedestrian, Duston Theron Harrison, was killed while attempting to cross I-35 on April 14, 2021. The crash happened at around 3:55 a.m. in the southbound lane of I-35 just north of Braker Lane.

Police say that the 39-year-old was struck by a 2002 Chevy Subarban. The driver stayed at the scene and assisted with law enforcement. Charges of wrongdoing are not expected to be filed.


Motorcyclist Killed on Highway 130

April 8, 2021
A motorcyclist has died after a serious crash on State Highway 130 southbound in far northeast Austin.

The crash happened at around 8:36 p.m. A 911 caller reported a single vehicle crash in far northeast Austin.

Fatal Crash on Ed Bluestein Blvd. and Loyola Ln. in East Austin | Unidentified Male

April 5, 2021

An unidentified hispanic male was killed in a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a black, 1994 Nissan pickup truck on Ed Bluestein and Loyola Lane. The crash happened at around 11:20 a.m. when the vehicles collided.

The Hispanic male operating the 1994 Nissan pickup truck was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 18-wheeler driver was not injured in the crash.

If you have information about this accident, call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4278.

Man Driving Honda Pilot Killed in Crash with Semi | Armado Garcia-Sanchez

March 25, 2021

Armado Garcia-Sanchez, 28, lost his life in a crash on U.S. 290 when his vehicle crashed into a semi truck near Tuscany Way.

He was driving a Honda Pilot at around 6:35 p.m. with a passenger in the vehicle. The passenger was treated at the hospital for serious injuries, but has since been discharged.

Click to read more at austintexas.gov.


Circuit of the Americas Motorcycle Fatality

March 21, 2021

Police report that at around 9:02 p.m. a motorcyclist lost his life in a single vehicle crash. The accident happened at the Circuit of the Americas Blvd. when the motorcyclist is believed to have crashed into a fence.


Westlake High School Football Player Dies in Single Vehicle Crash | Jackson Coker

March 10, 2021

A man died Wednesday morning in a rollover crash along RM 2244 at River Hills road in west Travis County. The driver has been identified as former Westlake High School Football player, Jackson Coker.

Authorities say the crash happened at around 6:12 a.m. EMS reported they found one person ejected from the vehicle and performed CPR but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the crash the community of Westlake High School has responded to the tragedy of the loss of Jackson Coker. He was a very accomplished football player who was part of the 2019 championship football team. Coker was playing football for Columbia University, but was at home in Austin because of the pandemic.


Woman Killed in Hit and Run on Cameron Road | Cynthia Maria Leonard

Investigators say that Cynthia Maria Leonard was struck and killed by a white 2015 Ford Fiesta. The driver fled the scene and did not render aid after the crash.

The crash happened at the intersection of Cameron Road and St. Johns Avenue. Authorities responded to the crash at 9:41 p.m. on Monday.

Police are still looking for the driver involved in this crash. Anyone with information should call the Ausitn Police Department at 512-974-4278 or call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.

More info about this crash from Austin American Statesman.


Man Killed in Crash on I-35 | Jose Rufino Cortez De Paz

February 21, 2021

A man who died operating a vehicle in a wrong-way collision on I-35 has been identified as Jose Rufino Cortez De Paz. He was 67 years of age at the time of the crash.

Polce say he was driving a 1989 Chevrolet 1500 truck northbound on the southbound side of I-35. His vehicle crashed head on with an 18-wheeler near Braker and Rundberg Lane at around 2:35 a.m.


2 Killed In Jeep Crash on I-35 | Andrew Martindale, Stephanie Salas

February 8, 2021

Two people died in San Marcos when a Jeep crashed into a semi-trailer truck.

The crash happened on I-35 near San Marcos. According to authorities, a 2014 Jeep traveling along I-35 crashed into a trailer attached to an 18-wheeler. The Jeep caught fire when it hit the vehicle, which was parked in the lane just off of the road.

Police have identified the individuals as 20-year-old Andrew Martindale of Texarkana and 20-year-old Stephanie Salas of Del Rio.

Andrew Martindale: Andrew (Drew) Martindale of Texarkana was a student at Texas State University. He was a distinguished member of his high school theater academy, and loved being on stage, building sets and scenery. Family remembered Drew by writing that he “loved to “experiment” with cooking, was always up for game nights and road trips, and when something was broken “call Drew” was the go-to solution.” Read more about Drew Martindale.

Stephanie Salas: Stephanie was a junior at Texas State University pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. She graduated from Del Rio High School in 2018. Her family writes that she had a close family bond with her younger siblings including her little sister Renee and her little brother DJ.


Motorcyclist dies after hitting utility pole in southeast Austin | Jose Luis Hernandez

February 10, 2021

Police say a motorcyclist lost their life after the motor vehicle struck a utility pole on East William Cannon drive in east Austin.

Police say that the crash happened at around 10:30 p.m. on February 10. A witness told authorities the motorcyclist left an intersection and appeared to lose control of their vehicle before striking the utility pole.

EMS transported the motorist to the hospital where he later died. Follow KXAN News for more updates.


Semi Truck Driver Died in Single Vehicle Crash Identified | Michael Jay Moore

February 4, 2021
Police say that the driver of a semi truck died after a horrific crash on the upper deck of I-35.

Michael Jay Moore was driving a white 2006 Kenworth semi-truck with an attached trailer when he struck the guardrail. The guardrail in this case separates the upper and lower deck of traffic. This collision caused the vehicle to overturn.

Moore was pronounced deceased at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.


Infinity Crashes into 18-wheeler, Kills 1

Febrary 1, 2021
A man driving a 2009 Infinity EX35 lost control of his vehicle at around 2:00 a.m. on February 1, 2021. The driver was traveling westbound in the 7200 block of E. Ben White Blvd.

The infinity crashed into an 18-wheeler that was stopped on the road’s shoulder. The semi caught fire as a result of the collision.


Man Killed on North Mopac While Repairing Vehicle on the Shoulder

A 36-year-old man was killed while trying to repair his minivan on the side of the road. Police say 36-year-old Nelson Ramon Zelaya-Trochez had pulled his 2005 Nissan Quest to the west should of Mopac near Windsor and Enfield exits. He was struck by a 2016 Kia Soul traveling southbound. The vehicle struck the Quest’s driver side.

Zelaya-Trchez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.


Woman Pronounced Dead After Crash on I-35 | Denyse Jaimes-Olmos

January 30, 2021

Police say that a 26 year old woman, Denyse Jaimes-Olmos, passed away in a crash on I-35 early Saturday morning in the 7400 block of N. Insterstate 35. Authorities believe the crash happened when Jaimes-Olmos lost control of her vehicle at around 2:25 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Authorities say Jaimes-Olmos was traveling northbound on I-35 in a 2011 GMC Terrain when she crashed into a barricade on the outside shoulder.


Motorcyclist Killed in Northwest Austin Crash

January 26, 2021

Police have reported a fatal motorcycle crash on 9800 block of North Lake Creek Parkway. Medics performed CPR at the scene of the crash. However unfortunately the rider died at the scene of the crash.


Father of 7 Killed by Drunk Driver | Khairullah Danish

January 9, 2021
A 41-year-old father of seven children was killed when a drunk driver struck his vehicle while he was stopped at a flashing red traffic signal.

Police say Khairullah Danish was stopped at a flashing red light while traveling eastbound on E. 38 1/2 Street. He was operating a black 2009 Toyota Corolla.

When it was his turn to proceed, Danish proceeded through the intersection where he was struck by 24-year-old driver Christian Ramos. He was driving a 2013 Mazda CX-9.

Unfortunately Danish was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Mazda, Christian Ramos, was determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested for intoxication manslaughter. His bond has been set at $100,000.

A fundraiser has been set up for the family of Khairullah Danish. Click to read about the fundraiser, and how you can help support the family after this tragic crash.


Fatal Car Accidents December 2020
Fatal Car Accidents November 2020
Fatal Car Accidents October 2020
  1. Man Killed in October 31 North Austin Crash Identified | Zebulon Beer
  2. Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run on Tech Ridge | Not Yet Identified
  3. Man Dies Two Weeks After Crash on Springdale | Jeffrey Bourgeouis
  4. Three Vehicle Crash Involving a Motorcyclist Kills One and Seriously Injures Another | Jessica Sears
  5. Man Killed in Hit-and-Run in North Austin | George Grant
Fatal Car Accidents September 2020
  1. Fatal Car Accident Kills Pedestrian | Martina Venancio-Cabrera
  2. Motorcyclist killed in Northwest Austin crash Identified
  3. Two Killed in Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Crash in Leander
Fatal Car Accident August 2020
  1. Bicyclist Killed in Northwest Austin Collision Identified | Travis Larsen
  2. Police In Need of Help Identifying Driver in Fatal Bicyclist Hit-and-Run
  3. Drivers Kills Pedestrian While Operating Vehicle while on Synthetic “Kush”
  4. One Person Killed in a Single Vehicle Crash in East Austin
  5. Bicyclist Killed Near SH 71
  6. One Killed in Austin Crash Near Mopac and SH 45
Austin Fatal Accident July 2020
  1. Pedestrian Killed Near Austin Airport | Gilbert Hernandez Cortinas
  2. Two Teens Killed in North East Austin Crash
  3. Teen Struck Pole in Fatal North Austin Crash | Alejandro Huerta Hernandez
  4. Two Killed in Fiery Crash in South Austin | Martin Zamarripa | Brian Allen Tucker
  5. Woman Killed in North Austin Auto-Pedestrian Crash
  6. Motorcyclist Killed in San Marcos Crash | Kolin Walker
Austin Fatal Crash June 2020
  1. Drunk Driver Killed One in Driveway
  2. Motorcyclist Killed in North Austin | Terri Lynne Campbell
  3. Pedestrian Killed in Central Austin | Roberta Gail Ruggles
Austin Fatal Crash May 2020
  1. Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver in Northwest Austin | Ginger Mattox
  2. Two Children Killed in Crash Near 130 Toll
  3. Three Dead After Single Vehicle Rollover in San Marcos
  4. Passenger Killed in Northwest Austin Crash | Mary Casey
  5. Police Searching for Driver in Deadly Hit and Run on Rundberg | Roderick Davis
Austin Fatal Crash April 2020
  1. One Dead in Single Vehicle Wreck on I-35
  2. Woman Killed in Crash on 183 and Anderson Identified | Jedidiah Ephraim Brown
  3. Pedestrian Killed on I-35
  4. One Dead and Another Injured in Crash on Todd Lane
  5. Bastrop Woman Killed in Head on 18-Wheeler Crash on Highway 130
  6. Motorcyclist Killed in North Austin Crash | Rocky Anthony Bell
  7. Two Women Killed in Fuel Truck Crash | Margarita Escalante Ibarra, Alejandra Berenice-Sanabria-Alejandro
  8. 9 Year Old Killed in Northeast Austin Drunk Driving Crash | Daminik Lopez
Austin Fatal Crashes March 2020
  1. Wrong-way Driver Kills One in Two-Vehicle Collision | Harrison Thomas Beard, Jr.
  2. Police Identify Pedestrian Killed in East Austin Crash | Katy Lynn Johnson
  3. 22-Year-Old Passenger Killed in Drunk Driving Crash | Samuel Adam Williams
  4. Deputy Killed in Rollover Crash | Deputy Christopher Korzilius
  5. Man Arrested After Dragging Pedestrian Body with Vehicle | Lee Martin Cagle
Austin Fatal Crashes February 2020
  1. Passenger Killed in Deadly Left Turn | Vincent Laroy Cleveland
  2. Two People Killed After Crashing into Barricade | Owen William Macki, Raquel Gitane Aveyita
  3. Driver Killed in North Austin Crash | James A. Mares
Austin Fatal Crashes January 2020
  1. Elderly Woman Identified as First Austin Traffic Fatality of 2020 | Mary Gonzales-Limas
  2. Elderly Pedestrian Woman Killed in Loyola Crash | Braulia Arce Hernandez
  3. Pedestrian Killed on Airport Blvd | Mauro Carrasco Mota
  4. Man Killed in Crash on Hamilton Pool Road | Brandon Edmonson
  5. Two Killed in San Marcos Crash | Raymond D. Silguero
  6. Crash Near Austin Airport Kills One | Mario Estrada
  7. 20-Year-Old Killed in Downtown Crash | D’Avion Lee Suon
  8. Young Man Killed Killed in Crash with Drunk Driver

Teen Killed by 18-Wheeler in San Marcos | Cael Ryan Uzuanis

December 31, 2020

Authorities have identified a 19-year-old killed by an 18-wheeler in San Marcos as Cael Ryan Uzuanis. Officials say the crash happened at around 11:40 p.m. on December 31, 2020. The 18-wheeler was traveling northbound on I-35 near exit 206 and Aquarena Springs Dr when the crash occurred.


Woman Died in Single Vehicle Crash on Scofield Ridge Parkway | Mona Monique Ramon

December 29, 2020

A woman died after the vehicle she was driving struck a tree in north Austin. 34-year-old Mona Monique Ramon was driving east on Scofield Ridge Parkway when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

Police say that Ramon was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.


Pedestrian Killed in East Austin | Jesse Gomez

December 22, 2020

Police have identified a pedestrian killed in East Austin as 35-year-old Jesse Gomez.

At around 6:20 a.m. pedestrian police say a pedestrian crossed Highway 71 in the 3100 block. Police say that witnesses saw the man crossing the street amid traffic, causing drivers to swerve in traffic.

The driver of a 2016 Ford Expedition struck the pedestrian in the roadway. The driver of the Expedition remained at the crash site to cooperate in a police investigation.


Man Killed While Trying to Catch Bus in East Austin | Nestor Phillip Yruegas

December 2, 2020

Police have identified a man killed earlier this month while trying to catch a bus. The man was struck just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday December 2, 2020.

Yruegas was crossing E. Martin Luther King Blvd. while attempting to catch a bus on traveling on Airport Blvd.

Police have said that no charges are expected to be filed in this tragic crash.

Fiery Crash Near SH 130 Kills 28-Year-Old | Matthew Beringer

December 8, 2020

A fiery crash claimed the life of one man late Tuesday night near State Highway 130. The two vehicle crash took place between a 2016 Dodge Ram and a Semi Truck. The crash took place just before 11 p.m. Tuesday December 8, 2020.

At the time of the crash, authorities say a 2020 Kenworth Tractor Trailer was traveling southbound along SH 130 near FM 812. For reasons unknown, the driver of the Dodge Ram veered into oncoming traffic from northbound lanes.

The driver has been identified as 28-year-old Matt Beringer of Austin. Upon impact, a severe fire broke out. Responders say the car was fully engulfed in flames.


Man Killed in Rundberg, I-35 Crash Identified | Ramon Caal Cho

November 29, 2020

A young man identified as 19-year-old Ramon Caal Cho was killed after being struck by a vehicle in North Austin on November 29, 2020. The crash happened when Cho attempted to cross I-35 south of Rundberg Lane. He was struck by a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.

Police are still investigating this tragic traffic fatality. Authorities have not determined whether or not charges will be filed in this case. Those with information can call 512-974-6935 to provide information to the detective unit. Tipsters can also use the APD app.

A funeral posting says that services will be held in his hometown. He is formerly of Guatemala.


Woman Dies from Injuries Two Weeks After Austin Traffic Collision

November 20, 2020
On November 3, a serious crash took place at South First and Annie Street in South Austin. The crash happened early in the morning at around 3:00 a.m. police indicate.

Two trucks collided, a 2021 Toyota Tundra and a Dodge Ram. though police say it’s unclear which vehicle ran a red light. After the collision, the Ram struck a rock roll, rolled over onto the roof, and finally came to a stop. Drivers from both vehicles were transported to local hospitals with injuries.

There was also a passenger in the Dodge Ram who was taken to a local hospital. The passenger was Linda Cadena. She later died in the hospital on November 20, 2020 as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash. Linda Cadena was 58 years old at the time of the crash. Read about this crash at KXAN News.com.


Woman Dies in Crash, New Braunfels Man Arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter | Sevannah Shay Mata

November 2, 2020

A woman was killed by a drunk driver in a head on collision in New Braunfels on Monday morning at around 2:15 a.m.

Police say a drunk driver crossed into the Northbound lanes of Highway 46 South while traveling southbound. The driver, 33-year-old Jacob Perez, was driving a white Dodge pickup truck with his 6-year-old daughter. His vehicle struck a blue Kia Optima, injuring the 25-year-old driver and killing 28-year-old passenger Sevannah Shay Mata from Olmos, Texas.


Man Died from Injuries Sustained in October North Austin Crash | Zebulon Beer

Austin police have identified a man killed on October 31, 2020 in north Austin while he was walking. The man has been identified as Zebulon Beer. He was pronounced dead at the scene after investigations indicate that he was hit by several cars.

Police are still searching for the first vehicle that struck Beer. Other drivers involved in the crash pulled over, contacted police and are cooperating with the investigation.

This case is being investigated as a failure to stop and render aid case.


Pedestrian Killed on Airport Blvd | Raymond Cipple

October 27, 2020

A man involved in an auto-pedestrian crash on Airport Blvd has died of his injuries. The pedestrian has been identified as Raymond Cipple.

The crash happened on Monday October 19 at around 8 p.m. along Airport Blvd and Springdale Road. Cipple was struck by a Dodge 350 pickup truck. Police said the driver of the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. Driver impairment was not suspected to be a factor in this crash, they said.

This is the 75th fatal traffic death in Austin in 2020.


Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run on Tech Ridge

October 2020

Police are searching for the driver who killed a bicyclist in north Austin on Thursday night at around 11:00 p.m. The crash happened on the Interstate 35 frontage road between VFW Road and Tech Ridge Blvd.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.


Man Dies Two Weeks After Crash on Springdale | Jeffrey Bourgeouis

Crash date: September 27, 2020 | Passed away October 9, 2020

On September 27, 2020 a three-vehicle crash occurred at 5:50 a.m. at the intersection of Springdale Road and U.S. 290.

At the time of the crash, 53-year-old Jeffrey Bourgeouis was driving a gray 2020 Toyota Corolla eastbound along 290. A gray 2006 Honda Accord ran the red light at the intersection of Springdale. Bourgeouis’ vehicle was struck by the Accord, sending the Corolla to strike a third vehicle, a 2008 Nissan Quest.

The people in all three cars were transported to Dell Seton Medical Center. Police statements do not indicate whether any arrests have been made in connection with the death of Jeffrey Bourgeouis.


Three Vehicle Crash Involving a Motorcyclist Kills One and Seriously Injures Another | Jessica Sears

October 11, 2020

A woman was killed by a drunk driver in a three vehicle crash on I-35 Sunday October 11. The drunk driver crashed into an impact attenuator along the Slaughter Lane off ramp. The impact caused the vehicle to ricochet into the center lane of traffic, striking a motorcyclist. The impact killed 33-year-old Jessica Sears who was riding a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the crash.

Jessica Spears was remembered by those who knew her as a talented, funny, and hard-working friend. She was a hairstylist at Birds Barbershop and a member of Austin Outlaws Women’s Football.

Amber Thompson, the 39-year-old driver of the truck, was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. Police say that the woman slurred her words and asked officers for a lighter when approached. She was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Click to learn more about the arrest from reporters of KXAN News in Austin.

Another person in a third vehicle suffered a serious leg injury.


Man Killed in Hit-and-Run in North Austin | George Grant

October 10, 2020

A 52-year-old was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in north Austin. George Grant was walking when he was struck by the driver of a black Ford F-150 pickup truck. The crash happened at around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday night near Burnet and McNeil roads.

Grant was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Police are still looking for the driver of the vehicle. They say the black Ford F-150 should have damage to the front of the vehicle on the driver’s side.

Those who have tips regarding the crash can call the Austin Police Department at 512-974-6935.


Fatal Car Accident Kills Pedestrian | Martina Venancio-Cabrera

September 15, 2020

A woman, pedestrian, was hit by a car near the intersection of Cameron lane and Ferguson road. She was transported the hospital following the crash. She later died of her injuries at the hospital. Police have identified the woman as Martina Venancio-Cabrera. She was 39 years old.

At this time, police are trying to get video footage from traffic cameras in the intersection in order to confirm details. This case is still under investigation. Reports indicate that Martina Venancio-Cabrera was walking in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.


Motorcyclist killed in Northwest Austin Crash Identified

September 12 2020

A motorcyclist died in a single vehicle crash in north Austin on Sept. 12 in the northbound lanes of the 12000 block of Research Boulevard.

Ruben Krumholz was 63 years old at the time of the crash. In an obituary posted online, Ruben Krumholz was remembered fondly as a good friend, lover of Mexican food, and flying. Colleagues at IBM shared fond memories of their friend who lost his life in a tragic motorcycle crash. Read more of their memories at his obituary page here.

The motorcyclist died at the scene at around 1:04 p.m. Police said that factors involved in the crash may have included speeding or bad weather.


Two Killed in Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Crash in Leander | John Ware, John Ware Jr.

September 9, 2020

Two were killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash along US 183A in Leander. The suspect, who drove away from the crash after running a red light, has been taken into custody.

Reports indicate that a driver ran a red light at Highway 183 where it meats 183A near Bryson Ridge. The crash happened just before 2:00 a.m.

Two males, later identified as John Ware (40-years-old) and his son John Ware Jr. (17-years-old) were driving home from work when their motorcycle was struck.

According to Leander Police Department, the suspect traveled to and entered the QT convenience and then fled into a nearby wooded area. Leander Police located the suspect, identified as Alan Justin Gaytan, and took him into custody.

Gaytan was transported to the hospital.He faces charges involving an accident leading to person’s injury or death, and a felony charge for fleeing the scene.


Bicyclist Killed in Northwest Austin Collision Identified | Travis Larsen

August 26, 2020

Wednesday a bicyclist died in northwest Austin at the intersection of Lake Creek Parkway and U.S. Highway 183. Police have identified the bicyclist as 32-year-old Travis Larsen.

Authorities report that bicyclist ran a red light when it collided with a silver 2013 Toyota Corolla traveling southbound on the frontage road.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla remained at the scene of the crash and attempted to perform CPR on Larsen.


Police In Need of Help Identifying Driver in Fatal Bicyclist Hit-and-Run

UPDATE: August 24, 2020
Police are searching for the first vehicle who struck 41-year-old bicyclist, Miguel Angel Rodriguez. Three vehicles struck Rodriguez, two drivers of the vehicles stayed at the scene. However, police are searching for the driver of the first vehicle who struck the bicyclist.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935.

August 2, 2020

A collision between a bicyclist and a vehicle at around 5:50 a.m. on SH 71 killed one person.

The crash happened on SH 71 westbound near the U.S. Highway 183 interchange near Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

More information to be released soon.


Drivers Kills Pedestrian While Operating Vehicle while on Synthetic “Kush”

August 23, 2020

A pedestrian was killed when an intoxicated man lost control of his vehicle when driving while intoxicated.

According to police, 57-year-old Rene Conde was driving a 2016 Toyota Corolla southbound in the 3900 block of South Lamar Boulevard. (The area is near Plucker’s Wing Bar northbound, Olive Garden southbound.)

Conde was traveling at a high rate of speed Southbound toward the intersection. In order to avoid hitting a vehicle that was parked at the red light, Conde swerved, drove into the median, and struck a light pole.

The pedestrian was transported to South Austin Medical Center where they later died. The driver, Conde, was found trapped in the vehicle. Later, Conde was determined to have been under the influence of a depressant called “Kush.” It is a synthetic marijuana substance.

Conde has been charged with first degree intoxication manslaughter. Recommended bail has been set to $50,000.


One Person Killed in a Single Vehicle Crash in East Austin

August 15, 2020

One person is dead after a single vehicle crash on I-35. The crash happened Saturday night at around 10:50 p.m. Authorities have not yet released the cause of accident.

Medics arrived to the scene, and extricated the person from the vehicle. They then administered CPR. The person was later determined as deceeased.


One Killed in Austin Crash Near Mopac and SH 45

August 1, 2020

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a crash on 1900 Archeleta Blvd. at around 8 p.m. The crash happened near SH 45 and Mopac.

Update: Police have identified the person who died in this crash as 57-year-old Andrea Silvio Granzotti. Police say that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the road and collided with a concrete pillar.


Pedestrian Killed Near Austin Airport | Gilbert Hernandez Cortinas

July 25, 2020

Officials report that one man was unresponsive at 900 block of South Highway 183 near Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Reports show that a 2006 Toyota Sienna was traveling northbound when the auto-pedestrian crash happened. Officials say Cortinas was in the roadway for unknown reasons.

Gilbert Hernandez Cortinas was 69 years old at the time of the crash.


Two Teens Killed in North East Austin Crash |

July 24, 2020

Two teenagers were killed at around 3:30 a.m. on July 24, 2020 in a crash in northeast Austin. The crash happened along the westbound service road of Hwy 183 and Cameron Road. A 2018 Nissan Versa crashed rear ended a box truck, which was then pushed into a third vehicle. The two other vehicles were stopped at a red light.

The teens have been identified as 15-year-old Julian Murillo and 16-year-old Gabriel Marmolejo.

Police say the teens were inside a 2018 Nissan Versa at the time of the crash. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier this month.

The driver of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries treated at a local hospital.


Teen Struck Pole in Fatal North Austin Crash | Alejandro Huerto Hernandez

July 29, 2020

A 17-year-old driver died in a crash on I-35 near Braker Lane when his vehicle struck a pole. The teen has been identified by authorities as Alejandro Huerta Hernandez. The crash happened at around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday night.

Investigators later clarified reports saying that a 2005 Honda Accord drove through a grassy median before striking a cement base with a highway sign.


Two Killed in Fiery Crash in South Austin | Martin Zamarripa | Brian Allen Tucker

July 24, 2020

Two killed and one injured in a fiery crash near Buda last week. The crash happened on I-35 at around 12:41 a.m. on July 24, 2020.

A 2017 gray Nissan Altima collided head on with a 2003 gold Chevrolet Silverado towing a trailer. The Nissan Altima, driven by 27-year-old Jose Martin Zamarripa, was traveling wrong-way in the northbound lanes.

Prior to the crash, several people made 911 calls reporting a vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway.

When medics arrived, they found the truck and trailer fully engulfed in flames. Both drivers were ejected from their vehicles. Brian Allen Tucker, who drove the Chevrolet Silverado truck was entire ejected from his vehicle.

A woman was also traveling in the Altima, she was removed from the vehicle before it burst into flames by an off-duty UTPD officer who witnessed the crash. The woman was transported to the hospital with critical injuries.

Police have not yet said whether impairment played a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4278.


Woman Killed in North Austin Auto-Pedestrian Crash

July 23, 2020

A woman was killed in an auto-pedestrian hit and run in north Austin along Research Blvd. The woman has been identified as Sarah Christine Dabadie.

Police are now searching for the driver that killed 43-year-old Dabadie. At this time, there is no vehicle description in this hit-and-run crash. The crash happened at around 1:40 a.m. on July 23, 2020 in the 9100 block of Research Boulevard.

Anyone with information is asked to call vehicular homicide unit of APD at 512-974-4278.


Motorcyclist Killed in San Marcos Crash | Kolin Walker

July 12, 2020

On Sunday a 23-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a weekend motorcycle crash in San Marcos.

EMS responded to a crash between a red 2010 Volvo S40 and a black 2004 Sazuki motorcycle collided on Post Road at around 4:47 p.m.

The 23-year-old motorcyclist has been identified as Kolin Walker. Police said that “there is indication the motorcycle was traveling above the speed limit.”


Drunk Driver Killed One in Driveway | Kimberly Renee Allen

June 29, 2020

A woman has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after killing one, and injuring three when she drove her vehicle into the front yard and struck 4 people.

38-year-old Margaret Marie Harper was charged with intoxication manslaughter by police in Brownwood, Texas. She was also charged with intoxication assault.

According to records, Harper struck a group of people while they were unloading furniture outside of a home. Two adults and two children were struck. A 28-year-old woman, Kimberly Renee Allen, was killed at the scene. A second adult female was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

Both children, a five-year-old and an eight-year-old sustained serious injuries.


Motorcyclist Killed in North Austin | Terri Lynne Campbell

June 23, 2020

A woman died while attempting to make a left hand turn on her motorcycle, authorities say. The woman, who was riding her Yamaha motorcycle in northwest Austin, has been identified as Terri Lynne Campbell.

The crash happened at the intersection of 2222 and City Park Road. Campbell was attempting to make a left hand turn onto City Park Road. An oncoming white Acura RDX traveling eastbound on FM 2222 hit Campbell.

Campbell died at the scene of the crash.

Police say that Campbell was wearing protective equipment and a helmet. They do not believe that speeding or impairment were factors in the crash.


Pedestrian Killed in Central Austin | Roberta Gail Rubbles

June 1, 2020

A woman was struck and killed in I-35. She has been identified as Roberta Gail Ruggles. The crash happened just around midnight, at around 11:50 p.m. June 1, 2020.

Reports say that a vehicle struck a pedestrian crossing the lower deck of I-35 near the 4200 block near East Dean Keaton and Airport Boulevard.

Medics responded to the crash where they pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene.

A police report says that an Austex Flatbed truck moved to the left lane when a vehicle in front of them slowed down. The report says the driver of the truck attempted to slow down when they saw a pedestrian in the left lane, but struck the person with the side of the vehicle.

This is Austin’s 36th fatal traffic crash, and 38th traffic fatality of 2020.


Two Children Killed in Crash Near 130 Toll

May 29, 2020

Two children were killed in a crash Friday May 29, 2020. A crash happened in the 3800 block of State Highway 71 near the 130 toll road.

Police reports say there were six people involved in the crash. Two adults were transported to the hospital with critical injuries. The two children were pronounced deceased at the crash site. Two other adults were involved but refused medical treatment.

No other information is known about the crash at this time.


Three Dead After Single Vehicle Rollover in San Marcos | Destiny Bridges, Sean Thompson

UPDATE: May 27, 2020
A 7-year-old child has died following the rollover crash that killed two adults on Saturday. The child was receiving treatment at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Two other children as still hospitalized from the crash, but their vital signs are stable according to authorities.

According to San Antonio Express News, the driver has been identified as Tamera Tchelle Gordley. Her daughter was the 7-year-old who passed away Tuesday. Gordley also reportedly lost her husband, Sean Thompson, the night of the crash.

A family member of Bridges, her adoptive mother Mary Sinaka, said that the group of friends and family were traveling to a crawfish boil in Austin at the time of the crash. Sinaka said that Gordley had picked up Bridges after she finished her shift at her place of work, Texas Thirft Store in San Antonio at 7500 I-35 N.

Family members remember Bridges as a caring person who “lifted everybody up.” She loved fashion design, and graduated from Wagner High School and Ogle School for cosmetology.

San Antonio man, Sean Thompson, died after the rollover crash. His mother and father spoke to CBS News in Austin about their son. They spoke about his work as a minister, and how he cared for people. His mother said that he was going places, and that “he had a heart for people and the children.”

May 24, 2020

A Memorial Day weekend crash killed two adults from San Antonio and injured others, including 5 children. Police report that 10 people were traveling on I-35 in San Marcos in a vehicle that normally seats 5.

The crash happened along the 200 block of I-35 northbound at around 8:00 p.m. Sunday. Nine of ten persons traveling in the vehicle were ejected. Two were killed and six sustained injuries.

Fatalities:
24-year-old Destiny Bridges died at the scene of the crash. 31-year-old Sean Thompson was later pronounced dead at the Seton Ascension Hospital in Kyle.

Injuries:
Three of the children were transported to the hospital in critical condition. Children receiving treatment in the hospital are ages 7, 8, and 9 years.Two other children were released to family members, ages 8 and 10.

Reports say that the 10 passengers were traveling to Austin from San Antonio for a family gathering.

Police believe that speed and a blown tire are the major factors in causing the crash.

UPDATE: Passenger Killed in Northwest Austin Crash | Mary Casey

May 6, 2020

A woman was killed in a single vehicle crash when a vehicle struck a tree in northwest Austin. Police have identified the woman as 29-year-old Mary Casey of Round Rock. She was the passenger in a 2015 Honda Fit.

Police say that the male driver of the Honda fit was injured and transported to the hospital.

At around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday morning the vehicle left the road on Spicewood Springs. Police believe it was traveling at about 35 mph when it crashed into a tree. The crash happened at a left-hand bend on the road.

Previous information known about this crash:

A single car crash killed one and injured another on Wednesday morning at around 1:45 a.m. The vehicle traveled into the opposite side of the road, hit a tree, and both people were thrown from the vehicle. Both were women. The driver of the vehicle was transported to St. David’s Round Rock and the passenger died at the scene.

The stretch of road along Spicewood Springs road near St. Edwards Park is marked by winding turns. Police have not yet released any information about the cause of the crash.


Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver in Northwest Austin | Ginger Mattox

May 21, 2020

An Austin woman was tragically killed by a drunk driver on May 21, 2020. Ginger Mattox was walking along the sidewalk of Pond Springs Road near Highway 183 when a drunk driver killed her. The crash happened 10:30 p.m.

Police have arrested 27-year-old Gary Joseph Brauneis for DWI and intoxication manslaughter. Brauneis first hit the back of a truck stopped at a red light, then drove up onto the sidewalk, striking the pedestrian (Ginger Mattox.) Bruaneis then hit a building.

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The mother of Ginger Mattox wrote in her obituary that “She did not deserve to die this way. She had many goals and was looking forward to participating in life.

Ginger loved life by seeing the good in every day and every night sky. Her love for the earth showed by the many rocks she has collected which we will place in her garden memorial.”

Ginger Mattox was 30 years old at the time of her passing.


Police Searching for Driver in Deadly Hit and Run on Rundberg | Roderick Davis

May 11, 2020

Police are searching for the driver in a deadly hit-and-run that happened on Rundberg lane at around 4:00 a.m. The crash happened just east of the I-35 service road in the eastbound lane.

Police say Roderick Davis was lying down in the road on E. Rundberg lane at around 2:52 a.m. Police responded to the scene after receiving several reports about a body in the roadway.

Police have not been able to identify the driver of the vehicle. Nor do they have any information about the type of vehicle that was involved in the crash. Those with information about this case are asked to call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8544.


One Dead in Single Vehicle Wreck on I-35 | Aaron Franco

May 2, 2020

One person has been found dead after a crash on I-35 near Buda. The crash happened at round 10:45 p.m. near Camino Vaquero Parkway. Only one vehicle was involved in the wreck, police say.

The man has been identified as 22-year-old Aaron Franco. Police say his Jeep Cherokee left the roadway for unknown reasons and traveled a quarter of a mile to later hit the concrete base of a light pole.

At this time in Austin in 2019, there were 25 traffic fatalities. This is Austin’s 33rd traffic fatality, and 31st fatal crash of 2020.


Woman Killed in Crash on 183 and Anderson Identified | Jedidiah Ephraim Brown

April 28, 2020

A person died in a 2-vehicle crash on East Anderson Lane and 183 at around 12:00 p.m. Medics had to extricate 3 people in a 2 vehicle crash. Jedidiah Ephraim Brown died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.

Brown died as the result of a 2016 Box Truck striking the rear of her 2008 Nissan Altima. At the time of the crash, Brown’s vehicle was broken down in the outside lane of Hwy 183.

Police say no charges are expected to be filed at this time.


Pedestrian Killed on I-35

April 20, 2020

A pedestrian attempting to cross Interstate 35 was killed at around 10:30 p.m. on April 20. Two pedestrians were attempting to cross the area of the highway just north of U.S. Hwy. 183.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders attempted CPR. Police say the driver of the pickup truck stayed at the scene.


One Dead and Another Injured in Crash on Todd Lane

April 20, 2020

Preliminary investigations show that one died in a serious crash in Southeast Austin. At around 3:45 p.m. a car crash left one dead and another with serious injuries at the intersection of Todd Lane and East Ben White blvd.

Check back for updates in this case as they become available. This is the 27th fatal crash in Austin so far in 2020.

Bastrop Woman Killed in Head on 18-Wheeler Crash on Highway 130

April 18, 2020

A 49-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler. The crash happened Friday, April 18 on Highway 130. The deceased woman has been identified as Maria Work of Bastrop, TX.

At around 1:00 p.m. Texas Department of Public Safety reports that Maria Work died when she drove her 2007 Pontiac G6 into oncoming traffic. The crash happened on State Highway 130 between Austin and Bastrop near Harold Green Road.

Work was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. It is not known what caused her to veer into oncoming traffic. An investigation about the crash is still ongoing.


Motorcyclist Killed in North Austin Crash | Rocky Anthony Bell

April 11, 2020

Police have identified a motorcyclist killed in a crash on Research Blvd earlier this month. At around 11:45 p.m. Saturday April 11 a motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Research Blvd just west of North Lamar Boulevard. The vehicle struck the inside lane of the highway. The 32-year-old rider, Rocky Anthony Bell, lost control, was ejected from the vehicle and was thrown to the ground below the elevated highway.

Police report that the vehicle Bell was riding was a stolen 2002 Honda motorcycle.


Two Women Killed in Fuel Truck Crash | Margarita Escalante Ibarra, Alejandra Berenice-Sanabria-Alejandro

April 10, 2020

Two women were killed in a fiery crash that took place Friday April 7 in southeast Austin.

Police report that a crash happened on Tuesday just before midnight. A vehicle traveling on the westbound service road of Texas 71 ran a red light at the intersection of northbound service road of Texas 130. That’s where investigators say 23-year-old driver Margarita Escalante Ibarra ran a red light and struck a freight fuel truck.

Both the driver, Ibarra, and her 22-year-old passenger Alejandra Berenice-Sabria-Alajandro died at the scene.

The driver of the truck was uninjured, according to reports.

9 Year Old Killed in Northeast Austin Drunk Driving Crash | Daminik Lopez

April 4, 2020

A nine-year-old was killed in a tragic two-vehicle crash involving a drunk driver. On March 30, police responded to the fatal crash that happened near the 5500 block of East Parmer Lane.

Police say the crash happened when the driver of a Hummer carrying two children did not yield to a Mercedes-Benz ML3. The Hummer was traveling south on Parmer Lane. The Mercedes, driven by 34-year-old Cain Perez Estrada, struck the passenger side of the vehicle.

Two children were injured in the impact. Four days after the crash one of the children, nine-year-old Daminik Lopez died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The other child aboard was treated for critical injuries and underwent emergency surgery.

Cain Perez Estrada was charged for driving while intoxicated. Police believe that his intoxication played a factor in the crash.

Police did not provide any information about the driver of the Hummer.


Wrong-way Driver Kills One in Two-Vehicle Collision | Harrison Thomas Beard, Jr.

March 31, 2020

Harrison Thomas Beard, Jr. was killed in a two-vehicle crash on FM 973. Police say a driver of a 2017 Dodge Ram traveling southbound veered into oncoming traffic at around 5:17 a.m.

The driver of the Dodge RAM was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Harrison Thomas Beard was driving a 2001 Ford F150 at the time of the crash. He was killed upon the impact of the crash.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


Police Identify Pedestrian Killed in East Austin Crash | Katy Lynn Johnson

March 27, 2020

A 55-year-old woman died in a crash in east Austin on Monday evening. The woman has been identified as Katy Lynn Johnson, who was walking at the time. Police responded to an emergency call to 1190 Airport Boulevard near East 12th Street. The crash happened at around 8:32 p.m.

According to reports, a sedan hit Johnson while she was crossing in an area not intended for foot traffic. Investigators say that while one driver stayed at the scene, there may have been another vehicle who hit the woman first.

The driver of a black 2011 Nissan Altima stayed at the scene and spoke with officials. Austin Police are still looking for any information about the first driver. Anyone with info should call 911.

Read about this crash from reporter Katie Hall at the Austin American Statesman.

22-Year-Old Passenger Killed in Drunk Driving Crash | Samuel Adam Williams

March 13, 2020

Amid the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, a fatal crash took place on South First killing one. Authorities report that a 23-year-old driver was arrested and charged with intoxication assault after the passenger of his vehicle died following a crash. The crash happened on what would have been considered the first Friday of Spring Break, 2020 – March 13.

At around 2:15 a.m. Sebastian Michael Dean, 23, sped along South First street. He ran a red light at South First and West Oltorf streets. In the 2400 block of South First street, he lost control of his vehicle crashing into a telephone pole. The impact seriously injured his passenger 22-year-old Samuel Adam Williams.

Medics transported Williams to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with critical injuries. He died there on Monday at 1:25 a.m., police said.


Deputy Killed in Rollover Crash | Deputy Christopher Korzilius

March 19, 2020

A valued member of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office was killed in an on-duty crash. The two-vehicle crash happened in the 7700 block of FM 2244 on Wednesday morning.

The deputy killed was Senior Deputy Christopher Korzilius, 32 years of age. He had received many honors during his time serving Travis County.

The Sheriff’s office reports that Korzilius was driving his unmarked vehicle at the time of the crash. When crews arrived to the scene of the crash, one vehicle had rolled over on its roof, pining the driver inside the vehicle. The other driver in the crash sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

At the time of the crash, Korzilius was traveling in the westbound lanes of 2244 when a 2-door Infiniti traveling eastbound swerved into his lanes. The crash caused Korzilius’ vehicle to clear a guardrail and travel down an embankment. Korzilius died at the scene of the crash.

Korzilius Highly Honored During Time as Sheriff

Korzilius had served as a Travis County sheriff since 2016 and was promoted to deputy in 2018. He joined the VICE unit in January. Christopher Korzilius was named Victim Services Deputy of the Year. Korzilius and 5 others were awarded the Commendation Bar after responding to a “shots fired” call in July 2018.

Due to Coronavirus outbreak, the funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date. Read more at tcsheriff.org.


Man Arrested After Dragging Pedestrian Body with Vehicle | Lee Martin Cagle

A man has been arrested following a deadly crash in which police say a man’s body was detached and left in the roadway and inside the vehicle.

Police say Paul Joseph Garcia Jr. dragged a body about a half of a mile along Menchaca Road after a pedestrian-auto collision. The pedestrian was crossing in the intersection of Menchaca and Slaughter Lane at around 10:36 p.m. The driver’s Ford Focus struck a pedestrian pushing a shopping cart.

After the collision, the 24-year-old driver went to South Austin Beer Garden.


Passenger Killed in Deadly Left Turn | Vincent Laroy Cleveland

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Police report that a passenger, Vincent Laroy Cleveland, was killed when the driver attempted to make a left turn. The vehicle was traveling in the 1200 block of E. Rutland dr. and attempting to turn left onto Teasdale Terrace. A Ford F150 struck the vehicle on the passenger’s side. The crash happened at around 1:07 p.m.

Records show the passenger was wearing a seatbelt in a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Vincent Laroy Cleveland was transported to the hospitals with life-threatening injuries.

He remained in the hospital for 6 days where he later died as a result of injuries from the crash. Vincent Laroy Cleveland was 50 years old at the time of the crash.


Two People Killed After Crashing into Barricade | Owen William Macki, Raquel Gitane Aveyita

February 11, 2020

Two young individuals died when their vehicle crashed into a barrier in North Austin. Both Owen William Macki and Raquel Gitane Aveyita died as a result of a crash on North Mopac and 360 on Tuesday at around 2 a.m.

Four men were killed in a fiery crash at the same location in 2015. In both crashes, the vehicles caught fire. Rain may have been a factor in the crash on Tuesday February 11, 2020.


Drunk Driver Who Ran Red Light Killed Another Driver in North Austin Crash | James A. Mares

February 10, 2020

One person was killed when a driver ran a red light in a north Austin crash. The crash happened when a driver traveling west on Rutland drive ran a red light at Mearns Meadow at approximately 1:35 a.m. Both vehicles involved in the crash were sedans. Read more at KXAN.com.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The identity of the deceased person has been released. James A. Mares, born 9-2-1994, passed away in the crash.


Young Man Killed Killed in Crash with Drunk Driver | Mitchell Jacob Levy

January 27, 2020

A 25-year-old man, Jacob Levy, died in a motorcycle crash with an intoxicated driver at around 9:23 p.m. A police investigation says that Levy was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his black, 2016 Yamaha Motorcycle and slid into westbound traffic on Howard Lane.

Levy crashed into a white 2016 Ford Explorer attempting to turn Southbound. The impact of the crash caused the Ford Explorer to roll on its side.

EMS pronounced Mitchell Jacob levy deceased at the scene. The driver of the Explorer was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Later, the driver of the Ford Explorer, Lisa Lene Aiken, was determined to be intoxicated at the time of the crash. She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Authorities did not arrest her for Intoxication Manslaughter, saying that her intoxication did not appear to have caused the crash.

Mitchell Jacob Levy was a 25-year-old Dell sales representative. He had been living in Austin for about a year at the time of the crash. He graduated from the University of Houston. He is remembered as a talented athlete with many accomplishments. He is also remembered as a talented singer. Read more about Mitchell Jacob Levy.


20-Year-Old Killed in Downtown Crash | D’Avion Lee Suon

January 22, 2020

A 20-year-old woman died in crash downtown on Wednesday January 28. Police and EMS responded to the scene of a crash near 1400 West Cesar Chavez near Austin Pets Alive!. A car veered into eastbound traffic and crashed into a pickup truck. The crash happened at around 8:23 p.m.

A young woman, D’Avion Lee Suon was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An obituary for D’Avion Lee Suon says that she was originally from Plymouth, Minnesota.


Crash Near Austin Airport Kills One | Mario Estrada

Mario Estrada is reported to have died in a single vehicle crash on January 28, 2020.

Investigations by APD claim that a 59-year-old man, Mario Estrada, lost control of his vehicle on North State Highway 130 at around 6:30 a.m. His red Dodge Charger left the roadway and struck a concrete bridge support located in the center median.

Police say he was wearing his seatbelt. He was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

This is the sixth fatal traffic crash of 2020 in Austin, TX.


Man Killed in Crash on Hamilton Pool Road | Brandon Edmonson

January 10, 2020

A man was killed in a crash Friday on Hamilton Pool Road in Dripping Springs. The single vehicle crash happened at around 3:30 p.m. according to CBS Austin.

The man, Brandon Edmonson, was driving a 2018 Toyota Tundra on Hamilton Pool Road. Authorities say the vehicle exited the road traveling eastbound, went through a dry creek bed, and collided with trees.

Brandon Edmonson was 45 years old at the time of the crash. He is survived by his wife Tara Edmondson, his son Maddox Edmondson (15), and his daughter Skyler Edmondson (12). He worked for Permobil, a power wheelchair company, as Director of Clinical Sales since 2012. Brandon Edmonson was born January 10, 1975.

Read more about Brandon Edmonson on his obituary.

Elderly Woman Identified as First Austin Traffic Fatality of 2020 | Mary Gonzales-Limas

January 4, 2020

On January 10, police identified a woman who died in a single vehicle crash on Jan 4, 2020. The driver, 73-year-old Mary Gonzales-Limas, died in a single vehicle crash on I-35. Authorities say she was traveling south on Interstate 35 in the 3000 to 3500 block (near Dean Keaton) at around 8:25 p.m. Her Toyota Camry struck the concrete barrier that divides the north and south lanes of I-35.

Police have not yet determined why her vehicle left her lane.

She was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where she died soon after. Mary Gonzales-Limas would have turned 74 on Jan. 9.

She is survived by her husband, daughter, and son. She is remembered by many as a respected member of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.


Elderly Pedestrian Woman Killed in Loyola Crash

Jan 8 2020

Police report that an elderly Hispanic woman is the victim of a crash on Loyola Ln and Sandshof Drive in east Austin. She was hit by a car Wednesday night at 6:25 p.m. The woman has been identified as Braulia Arce Hernandez.

Hernandez was with another family member at the time of the crash. Hernandez had moved from the median, which divides east and west bound lanes of Loyola Ln., when a vehicle traveling westbound hit her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Braulia Arce Hernandez was born March 5, 1944.

Police say that the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene of the crash and is cooperating with police.


Pedestrian Killed on Airport Blvd | Mauro Carrasco Mota

Jan 8 2020

A pedestrian, Mauro Carrasco Mota, was pronounced dead at the scene after two vehicles hit him in the middle of the street. According to Austin Travis County EMS the crash victim is a Hispanic man in his 60s.

A 2014 silver Ford Focus struck Mota while traveling northbound in the 1100 block. Then a 2020 blue Toyota Tacoma struck Mota while he was laying down in the roadway. Both drivers of vehicles that struck Mota remained at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement.

Police have identified the man as Mauro Carrasco Mota. He was born November 13, 1957.


Two Killed in San Marcos Crash | Raymond D. Silguero

In San Marcos, two died in a single vehicle crash in the 1000 block of northbound State Highway 23.

Two men were traveling in a purple 1998 Honda Accord when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a driveway culvert. Both people were ejected from the vehicle. Neither men were wearing seatbelts.

53-year-old Daniel F. Aguilar, and passenger 56-year-old Raymond D. Silguero, both lost their lives as a result of the crash. The passenger, Silguero, transported to the hospital where he later died. Those with information about the crash should contact San Marcos Police Department with information.


Pedestrian Dies from Injuries Sustained Collision at Manor Rd and Loyola Lane

January 3, 2020

A man in his 30s had died from injuries sustained in an Austin auto-vs-pedestrian crash. Austin officials rushed to the scene of a crash on Tuesday, the night of New Year’s Eve. According to authorities, the crash happened at Manor Road and Loyola Lane in east Austin. At the scene, emergency medics were able to return the pulse of the man.

The driver of the 2008 maroon Cadillac remained at the scene of the crash and no charges are expected to be filed.


As of Jan 3, 2020, police have not yet released the identity of the man.

Austin Fatal Crashes December 2019
  1. Pedestrian Dies from Injuries Sustained Collision at Manor Rd and Loyola Lane
  2. Woman Tragically Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver While Performing Maintenance on Bicycle | Merry Daye
  3. Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in Leander | Ryan Prindle
  4. Man Identified in Fiery South Austin Crash | Matthew John Smith
  5. Woman Dies After Hitting Broken Down Vehicle on Side of Road | Allison Hollingshead Banks
  6. Driver Killed in Crash on Hwy 71 | Cody Allen Faust
  7. Passenger in East Austin Crash Killed | Isaac Albarran
Austin Fatal Crashes November 2019
  1. Drunk, Drugged Driver Kills Backseat Passenger | Mark Evans
  2. Motorcyclist Killed by Reckless Drunk Driver on Ben White | Risean Deontay Lee Green
  3. 55-Year-Old Killed Crossing Williams Cannon | James Lee Beasley
  4. Man Dies After Being Ejected From Vehicle
Austin Fatal Crashes October 2019
  1. Woman Killed After South Austin Crash on her 77th Birthday | Lydia Quintanilla
  2. Woman in Her 20s Killed in Second Fatal Crash of Oct 20 | Mary Grace Serrano
  3. 19-year-old Driver Killed in 620 Crash | Bryson Brown
  4. Man Killed in September Crash Identified by Police | Carlos Steven Alvarez-Recarte
  5. Man in Wheelchair Killed in South Austin | David Tienda
  6. 19-year-old Killed When Rear Ended by 18-Wheeler | Mario Antonio Granado-Godoy
Austin Fatal Crashes September 2019
  1. Autistic Child Hit, Killed in Northeast Austin
  2. Motorcyclist Died Falling Off US 290 Flyover
  3. Motorcyclist Killed by Driver Making Illegal Turn | Scott Remmenga
  4. Motorcyclist Killed by Wrong Way Drunk Driver | Felipe Ramirez
Austin Fatal Crashes August 2019
  1. Bicyclist Killed on Southbound I-35 | Anthony Wayne Washington
  2. Man Killed in Crash Outside Apartment Complex | Anthony Ukadibia
  3. Former Longhorn, NFL RB Dies in Tragic Motorcycle Crash | Cedric Benson, Aamna Najam
  4. Motorcyclist Killed in Howard Lane Crash | Daryl Wayne Anderson Jr.
Austin Fatal Crashes July 2019
  1. Man and Dog Hit, Killed While Crossing I-35 | Casey Ballard
  2. Passenger Died After Crash on Ben White | Leslie Valderrama
Austin Fatal Crashes June 2019
  1. San Marcos Pedestrian Killed | Katherine Arcillia Morgan
  2. Motorcyclist Killed by Driver of Toyota Tundra | Matthew Waters
  3. Truck Driver Killed When Negligent Driver Failed to Yield to Right of Way | Guadalupe Padilla Palacios
  4. One Killed in East Austin Wreck | Lance Christopher Smith
  5. Pedestrian Killed on I-35 Identified as Cecil Wade Walker
  6. Passenger of Nissan Xterra Dies in North Lamar Crash | Luis Fernando Martinez-Vertiz
Austin Fatal Crashes May 2019
  1. SUV Crushed by 18-Wheeler | Leland Orr
  2. Man Pinned in Car on South Congress
  3. Wrong-way I-35 Crash Kills One | Christian Barrios
  4. Austin Woman Killed in Crash on Mopac | Cheyanne Sage Serrano
  5. Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run on N. Lamar | David John Medrano
  6. Fatal San Marcos Crash Shuts Down I-35 | Pedro Roman-Abaraca
Austin Fatal Crashes April 2019
  1. Pedestrian Struck I-35 Near 51st Street | Aric Maxwell
Austin Fatal Crashes March 2019
  1. Rollover Crash on 290 in Dripping Springs Kills Samuel Joseph Lowrance
  2. Four Children Killed, Driver in Coma | Williams, Irwin

Woman Tragically Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver While Performing Maintenance on Bicycle | Merry Daye

December 19, 2019

Police are still searching for the driver of a vehicle who killed an Austin cyclist.
The suspect was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck on the 6000 block of Cameron Road. The crash happened just south of U.S. Highway 290 at 2:26 a.m.


Man Identified in Fiery South Austin Crash | Matthew John Smith

December 20, 2019

Austin police have identified a man killed in a crash at around 5 a.m. on December 20, 2019. The crash happened on Ben White and South Congress in south Austin.

The single vehicle crash killed driver, Matthew John Smith, who was 33 years old at the time of the crash. He was driving a black Ford F-150 pickup truck. He attempted to make the turnaround for the eastbound Ben White frontage road, but lost control of the vehicle. His truck hit the cement barrier. The truck caught on fire.

Smith was removed from the vehicle and transported to Dell Seton Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.


Woman Dies After Hitting Broken Down Vehicle on Side of Road | Allison Hollingshead Banks

December 7, 2019

A woman sustained deadly injuries in a crash on I-35 when the vehicle she was driving struck a broken down truck on the shoulder. Police report that on Saturday December 7, Allison Hollingshead Banks, drove into the rear of a trailer broken down on the side of the road.

Police say that a white, Frieghtliner truck towing a white, Great Dane semi-trailer broke down and was left on the outside shoulder of northbound Interstate 35.

Allison Hollingshead Banks was driving a black, Ford Edge. She rear-ended the Freightliner at around 9:29 p.m. After the crash, she was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. Two days later, Hollingshead Banks succumbed to her injuries. Read the full report at austintexas.gov.

Allison leaves behind a young daughter, Margaret Anne Banks, as well as extensive family and friends. On her obituary she is remembered as a gifted athlete, and someone with a kind heart who loved kids and animals. She was employed by the Travis County Appraisal District.


Driver Killed in Crash on Hwy 71 | Cody Allen Faust

December 6, 2019

Austin police identified a driver who died in a head-on collision on State Highway 71. A 27-year-old driver, Cody Allen Faust, was driving along Highway 71 with two passengers when he crossed into the westbound lanes. Faust’s vehicle struck a Jeep Grand Cherokee head on. The collision happened at around 6:52 a.m. The site of the crash is near Covered Bridge Drive.

Authorities report the site of the crash as 8700 block of W. SH 71. The block is near Covered Bridge Dr and Shore Raw Bar and Grill.

At this time, it is not known if impairment was a factor in the crash. It appears that according to the Corsicana Daily Sun, Faust was indicted for possession of a controlled substance. It is reported that a Corsicana Narcotic Detective found investigated Faust’s vehicle in 2018 and found multiple open liquor bottles, a glass pipe with traces of methamphetamine, a revolver, a wooden bat with barbed wire, unused syringes, and vials of Narcan.

Four people were transported to the hospital following the crash. All involved in the crash, including the driver of the Jeep and two passengers in the Toyota Camry driven by Faust. None of the others were believed to sustain life threatening injuries. More about this crash at KXAN.com.

Plans for the nearby intersection in Oak Hill commonly called “the Y” have seen movement in 2019. Read at the Statesman.com to learn more.


Passenger in East Austin Crash Killed | Isaac Albarran

December 3, 2019

An Austin man has died from injuries sustained in a crash on November 12, 2019. At around 4:33 p.m. on November 12 officers responded to a crash on Johnny Morris road near Loyola Lane.

Authorities say that Isaac Albarran, 75, was a passenger in a 2003 Toyota Tundra. The vehicle was traveling east in the 6500 block of Loyola Lane. At the same time, a 2003 Infiniti was traveling west on Loyola Lane.

The Toyota Tundra made a left turn onto Johnny Morris road when the Infiniti t-boned the vehicle.

On December 3, Albarran died from injuries sustained in the crash. Others were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered to be life threatening.


Drunk, Drugged Driver Kills Backseat Passenger | Mark Evans

December 3, 2019

A driver that police say was drunk and drugged made an unsafe turn killing the backseat passenger in another vehicle.

The crash happened late Saturday night around 11:41 p.m. when drunk driver Michael Boisse, tried to make a left turn into a parking lot. At the time he was driving on South Congress Avenue near Ralph Alblenado Drive.

Police say Boisse “thought” he could make the turn. Officers also said they smelled alcohol on Boisse and conducted a field sobriety test. Boisse failed the field sobriety test, and when an officer looked into the man’s vehicle they “observed a large cup in the the center console to the driver that appeared to contain an alcoholic beverage based on its odor.” Empty beer cans were also found in the vehicle.

When officers took Boisse in and took his blood alcohol level, they found alcohol, cannabis and a “Central Nervous System stimulant” in the man’s system.


Motorcyclist Killed by Reckless Drunk Driver on Ben White | Risean Deontay Lee Green

November 26, 2019

An Austin woman has been charged with Manslaughter after she reportedly killed a motorcyclist while drunk driving. The motorcyclist has been identified as Risean Deontay Lee Green, who was riding a gold 2009 Yamaha motorcycle at the time of the crash.

On Tuesday November 26, at around 7:15 p.m. Amanda Overman was driving a maroon Honda CR-V and struck the center median when she lost control of her vehicle. She was traveling west in the 700 block of Ben White Boulevard. Investigators say that the vehicle ricocheted back into the roadway where it struck Risean Deontay Lee Green.

Overman pulled into a nearby shopping center and reported the crash to authorities. Police say she failed a field sobriety test and was said to have “glassy, watery and bloodshot eyes with a discernable sway in her stance.”

Overman said she had not been drinking, but smelled of alcohol because she had “made out” with her boyfriend prior to the accident. Overman was charged with intoxication manslaughter and was held in Travis County Correctional Complex with a $100,000 bail set.

Green sustained serious injuries and was transported to St David’s Medical center where he died at around 7:40 p.m. He was 28 years old at the time of the crash. Funeral services were held at Albert A. Glover Funeral Home in South Carolina.


55-Year-Old Killed Crossing Williams Cannon | James Lee Beasley

November 21, 2019

James Lee Beasley was struck and killed by a vehicle moving on East William Cannon Drive. Police say that Beasley was crossing in the middle of the 800 block at around 7:18 p.m.

There is no crosswalk where Beasley crossed.

A gold 2006 Mercury Mariner traveling west struck Beasley during a signaled lane change.

Beasley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 7:38 p.m.


Man Dies After Being Ejected From Vehicle

November 16, 2019

A single vehicle crash in North East Austin killed a man who was ejected from his vehicle. The crash happened at the 9200 block of US Highway 290. The crash happened at around 5:02 a.m. Saturday morning.

Emergency medics attempted to revive the man at the scene of the crash. Unfortunately he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Woman Killed After South Austin Crash on her 77th Birthday | Lydia Quintanilla

October 10, 2019

A family mourns the loss of a beloved grandmother after a crash in South Austin. Lydia Quintanilla died one week after a crash that happened on her 77th birthday. The crash happened on October 10, 2019 at around 11:30 a.m.

The Statesman reports Quintanilla was the passenger of a van turning left onto Stassney from the I-35 frontage road. The van struck two vehicles in the intersection.

Both Quintanilla and the driver of the van were hospitalized after the crash with serious injuries.

In her obituary, family members remember Quintanilla as someone with a playful sense of humor and a talent for making holiday favorite treats such as oatmeal cookies and potato salad. Read more about Lydia Quintanilla.


Woman in Her 20s Killed in Second Fatal Crash of Oct 20 | Mary Grace Serrano

October 27, 2019

A young woman died in a fatal crash at the intersection of Burnet Road and West Braker Lane in north Austin on Sunday. Authorities say that crash happened at 8:44 a.m.

The vehicle rolled over causing critical injuries to a a man in his 40s and killing the young woman. Police say that Serrano was the passenger in the single vehicle rollover crash. She was ejected from the vehicle, authorities say.

The driver was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Earlier on Sunday, a man was killed in a crash at 5600 block of FM 620.


Multi Car Crash Kills 19-year-old Bryson Brown, Hospitalizes Lake Travis High Student

October 20, 2019

A 19-year-old is dead after a multi-car crash in Bee Cave late Sunday night. The crash happened in the 3500 block of Ranch Road 620. It happened at the intersection of RR 620 and Falcon Head Road.

This serious crash involved three vehicles. Police have not provided details on the make and model of the cars, but said that one was wedged on a guard rail. Two others were locked, one vehicle pinned under the first car. The people inside the vehicle pinned to the guard rail were not significantly hurt.

Bryson Brown, a 19-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Medics say that he was found about 20 feet from the crash site. It’s not clear yet whether the young driver was flown from the vehicle or got out of it.

The 16-year-old was driving a vehicle found on its side. He was extricated from the vehicle by medics. He was in critical condition at the time of the crash.

Lake Travis ISD has identified the 16-year-old injured in the crash as Brady Reardon. A letter was sent out to parents Monday saying the teen is a junior at Lake Travis High School.

Man Killed in September Crash Identified by Police | Carlos Asteven Alvarez-Recarte

October 4, 2019

Police have identified a 25-year-old man who died from injuries sustained in a September 22 crash. Austin officials say Carlos Asteven Alvarez-Recarte was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango south along the 9900 block of Interstate Highway 35. The crash, which happened near South Park Meadows, happened at around 3:56 a.m. when Alvarez-Recarte crashed into a light pole.

Reports say both Alvarez-Recarte and a passenger in the vehicle were taken to the hospital following the crash. Twelve days later Alvarez-Recarte died from injuries sustained in the crash. This is the 67th traffic fatality in Austin of 2019.

Man in Motorized Wheelchair Killed in South Austin Crash

October 18, 2019

A man in a motorized wheelchair was killed in a crash on Sunday October 13, 2019. Police say 23-year-old David Tienda was crossing the street at William Cannon Drive and Emerald Forest Drive at around 3:23 p.m.

A white 2015 F250 heading west on William Cannon Drive drove through the intersection on a green light. The driver hit Tienda as he crossed the street. The driver of the F250 remained at the scene of the crash. Police are not expecting to file charges.

David Tienda passed away on October 16 after spending three days in the hospital. Tienda was 23-years-old at the time of the crash.

19-year-old Killed When Rear Ended by 18-Wheeler

October 3, 2019

Overnight a 19-year-old driver lost his life when a Peterbilt Tractor Truck rear-ended his vehicle traveling on southbound I-35. The young man has been identified as Mario Antonio Granado-Godoy. He was driving a 2007 white Ford Mustang at the time of the crash. Police say the crash happened at around 11:58 p.m. on October 3, 2019. Godoy was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Peterbuilt Truck remained on scene. No charges are expected to be filed at this time.

Autistic Child Hit, Killed in Northeast Austin

September 28, 2019

An Austin teenager was struck and killed on E Yager Lane near Copperfield Drive. The fifteen-year-old, who had non-verbal autism, left home and was struck at around 10:11 p.m.

Austin police confirm that the driver stayed at the scene. The boy’s mother, Mia Lynette Brown, told CBS that she does not blame the driver who hit her son.

Mario was a graduate of Akins High School. His family and friends remember him as a kind and polite young man who loved to spend time with family and his girlfriend. He leaves behind his parents, Antonio Granado Benavidez and Lourdes Janet Godoy Romero. His brothers John, Ryan and Scottie, his sisters Alba and Maria, and girlfriend. A Gofundme page was set up to help family pay for unexpected funeral expenses.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Granado-Godoy family following this tragedy. This crash never should have happened. More needs to be done to prevent car crash injuries and fatalities in Texas.

Motorcyclist Died Falling Off US 290 Flyover | Joe H. Ogg

September 13, 2019

A motorcyclist died in Austin when falling off U.S. Highway 290 overpass.

The motorcyclist, identified as Joe H. Ogg, lost control of his motorcycle and hit the guide wall of the flyover. Ogg fell into the roadway below in the westbound lanes of highway 290. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Joe H. Ogg was 41-years-old at the time of the crash.


Motorcyclist Killed by Driver Making Illegal Turn | Scott Remmenga

September 13, 2019

A motorcyclist died in a crash along the frontage road of East U.S. Highway 290 on the westbound service road.

The east Austin crash, previously reported, killed 54-year-old Scott Remmenga. The driver of a white, 2016 Toyota Tundra hit him while make a left turn at Wighway 290 Westbound Service Road and Parmer Lane. The crash happened at around 8:40 a.m.

The driver of the Tundra was traveling westbound, parallel to Rammenga’s motorcycle when they attempted to make a left turn from the wrong lane.

Austin Police Department’s Jermaine Kilgore said “A white pickup truck made an improper turn at some point in the intersection and that’s what caused the crash.”

The motorcyclist was a man in his mid-40s. The driver of the white pickup truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. The crash happened at around 8:45 a.m. Police investigated the crash and diverted traffic until about 12:30 p.m.

Family and friends of Remmenga mourn the loss of his life. Scott Remmenga was originally from Wisconsin, but lived in Texas for most of his life. He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Beatriz, daughter Amber, and sons Antonio and Andrew Remmenga. Scott loved God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers.


Motorcyclist Killed by Wrong Way Drunk Driver | Felipe Ramirez

September 1, 2019

A motorcyclist was killed by a drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on Metric Boulevard. Sunday morning at 5:15 a.m. a black Toyata Camry driven by Dionnet Suarez De La Cruz crashed into and killing 25-year-old Felipe Ramirez.

Crash information shows that Felipe Ramirez was operating a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle in the northbound lanes Metric Blvd near Padrón Elementary School. The lanes are separated by a wide concrete medium. Officers found that 36-year-old Dionnet Suarez De La Cruz was driving southbound in the northbound lanes.

Saurez De La Cruz was arrested for DWI and Intoxication Manslaughter. This was Austin’s 54th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 56 traffic fatalities.


Bicyclist Killed on Southbound I-35 | Anthony Wayne Washington

August 23, 2019
Authorities identified a bicyclist killed on I-35 in South Austin near Ben White. The crash happened at around 1 p.m. when police say 36-year-old Anthony Wayne Washington ran a red light and crossed into the southbound lanes of I-35 service road.

The driver of a 2017 Chevrolet Cruz entered the far left lane of the I-35 service road. The driver says she saw Washington enter the intersection. She honked to alert the cyclist while attempting to stop to avoid a collision. Unfortunately reports indicate that Washington crashed into her vehicle.

More info on this crash from CBS News in Austin.

Family remembers Anthony Wayne Washington, Jr as a man with a kind heart, a sweet smile and a hard worker who was loved by many. He attended Westwood High School and played football. The 36-year-old is survived by his parents Chamagne W. and Aaron Speaks, as well as Anthony W. Washington Sr.


Man Killed in Crash Outside Apartment Complex | Anthony Ukadibia

August 19, 2019

A man was killed in a car crash outside a Southeast apartment complex on August 19. The crash happened between two vehicles in the 500 block of East Slaughter lane, just east of the I-35 intersection.

Austin Police report that 47-year-old Anthony Ukadibia was leaving an apartment complex in a 2007 Honda Odyssey at around 8:00 p.m. in the evening.

A witness said that Ukadibia honked at a vehicle waiting to make a turn. When the vehicle didn’t move, Ukadibia drove around the vehicle and attempted to make a left turn.

Ukadibia was struck on the driver’s side by an eastbound 2000 Mercury 4-door. Unfortunately Ukadibia was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

A third vehicle, a 2011 Ford F-150 struck Ukadibia when he exited the vehicle by force of the impact.

Ukadibia was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. More info about this crash on CBS Austin.


Former Longhorn, NFL RB Dies in Tragic Motorcycle Crash | Cedric Benson, Aamna Najam

August 17, 2019

Former NFL and Texas Longhorns running back Cedric Benson was killed in a motorcycle crash in Austin. The Longhorn legend died in a motorcycle crash on Mount Bonnell Road at the age of 36. A passenger identified as Aamna Najam, 27, was also killed in the crash. She recently graduated from the University of Texas with a doctorate degree in Audiology.

Benson was best known for being one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA history. Benson played football under coach Mack Brown in the 2001-2004 season. Benson ran for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns winning the Doak Walker award for the nation’s best running back. Benson ranked second behind Ricky Williams at Texas with 5,540 yards and 64 rushing touchdowns.

Benson was a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Bears, Bengals, and Packers.

Benson created the Texas non-profit organization NUFCED, which helps underprivileged families and improving development through community and school programs. In 2018, NUFCED repaired a family’s home that was damaged by the Austin serial bomber.

According to her Linkedin profile, Aamna Najam was a doctoral student in audiology at the University of Texas. She had recently graduated from the program, and according to a Twitter post she had accepted a job at AnyPlace MD.

The University of Texas at Austin issued the following statement of condolence:

“We are aware of the extremely sad news about the death of Aamna Najam, who earned her Ph.D. in Audiology this past spring from the Moody College of Communication. Aamna’s loss is devastating to our community and we express our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Out of respect to her family, we are unable to share any other details. We are committed to helping students mourning her death through university counseling services and support programs.”

Police are still investigating the crash that took the lives of Cedric Benson and Aamna Nasam.

Cedric Benson and 27-year-old Aamna Najam were pronounced dead at the scene. They were traveling on the back of Benson’s BMW motorcycle when they collided with a white Dodge van.

Reports indicate that the crash occurred at the 5600 block of Mt. Bonnell Rd at around 10:20 p.m. Saturday. Police originally said that a mini-van was trying to cross the intersection when it hit a motorcycle. Monday, officials said in a press release “after checking for oncoming traffic, the van attempted to turn left on to FM 2222 when it was struck by the oncoming motorcycle.”

Police say that Benson was speeding westbound in the left lane of 2222 at the time of the crash.

The driver of the white Dodge van stayed on the scene. A passenger from the van and a bystander tried to help Benson and Najam, but both were pronounced dead at the scene. View more about the crash from reports on KXAN, Hookedem, or KEYE.


Motorcyclist Killed in Howard Lane Crash | Daryl Wayne Anderson Jr.

August 7, 2019

Daryl Wayne Anderson Jr, 36, died after a crash on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. While at the intersection of Howard Lane near Dessau Road his motorcycle struck the inside curb. Police say the impact caused the motorcycle to flip several times, into a center grassy median.

Reports say that Anderson wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Hospital where he later died.

At the time of the crash, Anderson was riding with two other motorcyclists. A second motorcycle rider also lost control of their bike, but sustained only minor injuries.

Daryl Wayne Anderson Jr. “DJ” was 36 years old at the time of the crash. Those that knew him said he was the life of the party, and always happy. His loved ones say he loved the lake, camping, riding, and boating, and that he was the best cook of the family. He is remembered for taking pride in everything he did and going above and beyond to do kind things for others. Funeral services for DJ took place in Poteau, Oklahoma.


Pedestrian Killed by Tractor Trailer on I-35 | Matt McDonald

July 27, 2019

A 25-year-old man identified as Matthew McDonald was killed when he attempted to cross I-35. The man was struck and killed by a Kenworth tractor/trailer.

Police do not expect to file charges. The driver remained at the scene of the crash and was not impaired.

McDonald was struck while the tractor/trailer was traveling in the middle lane of 8200 Northbound I-35.


Man and Dog Hit, Killed While Crossing I-35 | Casey Ballard

July 26, 2019

A man and his dog were hit and killed while crossing I-35. Multiple vehicles traveling on Interstate 35 at Riverside Dr struck the man walking with his dog. The crash happened at around 1:30 a.m.

The man has been identified as Casey Ballard. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, all drivers stayed at the scene. They say there was no foul play and no charges are expected to be filed. This was the 42nd fatal traffic crash of 2019. Read more about the crash on KXAN.


Truck Driver Killed When Negligent Driver Failed to Yield to Right of Way | Guadalupe Padilla Palacios

June 8, 2019

A man was killed when a driver of a 2016 Ford Explorer turned westbound on to N Capital of Texas Highway from Great Hills Trail but failed to use the dedicated merge lane.

When the driver moved into the right lane of the highway she struck the box truck of Guadalupe Padilla Palacios. Police reports state that the box truck was overturned and hit a guard rail. Palacios was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on June 9, 2019.

Guadalupe Padilla Palacios was 42-years-old at the time of the crash.

Read more about what information authorities have released about this crash.


 

Woman Passenger Died After Crash on Ben White | Leslie Valderrama

July 11, 2019

An Austin woman was killed a day before her 28th birthday while riding as a passenger. Leslie Valderrama was killed early Sunday in a crash in South Austin.

Valderrama was a passenger in a Nissan Altima heading west on Ben White. The Nissan rear-ended a Cheverolet Tahoe at 12:15 a.m.

Valderrama was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 3:27 a.m.

Friends and family described Valderrama as a passionate young woman with a free spirit. She loved makeup and selfies, her dog Bella, and to dance. She left behind her parents Letty Puentes and Roger Valderrama, husband Nicholas Rivera, and various other family members. Read more about her at haysfreepress.com.


San Marcos Pedestrian Killed | Katherine Arcillia Morgan

June 25, 2019

A San Marcos woman was struck and killed Tuesday monring by a pickup truck while crossing the intersection of Aquarena Springs and Thorpe dr.

At around 12:38 a.m. authorities rushed to the scene of the crash. They attempted to deliver medical aid, but were unable to revive Morgan.

Witnesses say that Morgan crossed Aquarena Springs Dr. and then immediately turned to walk into traffic. Witnesses say the pickup truck had a green light.

Authorities say the person driving the pickup truck did not show signs of intoxication. A preliminary investigation shows that the driver was operating te truck under the speed limit. No charges are expected to be filed.


Motorcyclist Killed by Driver of Toyota Tundra | Matthew Donavan Waters

June 10, 2019

A crash on Oltorf killed 53-year-old motorcyclist, Matthew Waters. Austin Police say that a Toyota Tundra drifted into oncoming traffic on killing a motorcyclist on Monday June 10th. A preliminary report shows that the driver was attempting to avoid a vehicle stopped in front of him.

Waters was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died. A woman in her 20s was also transported to the hospital with serious potentially life-threatening injuries.

Family remembers Waters as someone who loved spending time outdoors hiking, camping, backpacking, swimming, travel, and riding motorcycles. He was an accomplished salesman in the software industry.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Matthew Waters during this difficult time.


One Killed in East Austin Wreck | Lance Christopher Smith

June 2, 2019

A 40-year-old man died in a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Bundyhill Drive and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The crash happened at around 2:37 a.m.

The man, Lance Christopher Smith, was ejected from the vehicle. Toxicology results are pending. More about the crash on Austin Police Department page.


Pedestrian Killed on I-35 Near Onion Creek Parkway | Cecil Wade Walker

June 3, 2019

Monday morning a man was hit and killed on I-35 in south Austin. Police say that 49-year-old Cecil Wade Walker was on the highway near Farm to Market Road 1626 when the crash happened. A driver operating a Mercedes in the southbound lane hit him at 5:38 a.m.

The driver remained at the scene.


Passenger of Nissan Xterra Dies in North Lamar Crash | Luis Fernando Martinez-Vertiz

June 1, 2019

A man was killed in a crash on North Lamar Blvd and Morrow St. According to preliminary police reports, a passenger in a Nissan Xterra died when the driver failed to yield to right of way when turning left on North Lamar.

When the driver of a Nissan Xterra failed to yield to right of way while making a left turn, a white 2018 Ford F450 struck the Nissan as it made the way through a green light. The intersection is on North Lamar near 183. The crash happened at aroudn 10:20 p.m. on Saturday June 1.

Luis Fernando Martinez-Vertiz was 25 years old. He was transported to a local hospital where he died due to his injuries.

SUV Crushed by 18-Wheeler | Leland Orr

May 24, 2019

A man was killed in a tractor trailer crash on U.S. 290 at around 1 a.m. The collision between the tractor trailer and a Toyota 4 Runner.

The crash closed the road to one lane along U.S. 290 near Shallowford Dr in Western Travis County.

Police have not indicated the cause of the truck accident.

Report about the crash by CBS News.

Police later revealed that the man who died in the crash was Leland Orr, a 22-year-old man who had moved to the area from California. He was employed by the Marriott Towneplace Suites as the Operations Manager. He is deeply missed by his mother and sister among other family members.

Austin Woman Killed in Crash on Mopac | Cheyanne Sage Serrano

May 12, 2019

Police say Cheyanne Sage Serrano was driving northbound on MoPac expressway Sunday morning when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree.

Police say Serrano was driving a 1999 tan Toyota Camry around 9:58 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police have not released a cause for Serrano to crash.

Cheyanne Sage Serrano was 26 years old at the time of the crash. Anyone with information can call detectives in Austin at 512-974-5594.


Man Hit While Crossing I-35 | Michael Hayes

May 9, 2019

A pedestrian crossing I-35 Tuesday morning has been identified as Michael Mayes. Mayes was a 50-year-old man.

At the time of the crash, Mayes was crossing near the 100 block (near Cesar Chavez) when a vehicle slammed into him in the southbound inside lane.

The driver stopped immediately and attempted to help the pedestrian. Mayes was pronounced dead after he was rushed to Dell Seton Medical Center


Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run on N. Lamar | David John Medrano

May 2, 2019

Police are still investigating the death of a pedestrian, David John Medrano, who was struck and killed by an SUV or truck. The crash happened in the 8700 block of Lamar. The crash was caught on video from a dash camera located in a Capital Metro bus. The vehicle did not stop, and continued to travel northbound on Lamar.

Police believe that the suspect vehicle has damage to its right, front end. Anyone with information about this case should call APD’s vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8544.


Fatal San Marcos Crash Shuts Down I-35 | Pedro Roman-Abaraca

May 4, 2019

Overnight a crash on I-35 shut down the highway for hours as crews cleaned up after a fatality. A crash in San Marcos at Highway 123 overpass at I-35 occurred during severe rain in the area.

Around 10:45 p.m. a 2010 Honda and Ford F-150 collided killing 68-year-old Pedro Roman-Abaraca of New Braunfels. Roman-Abaraca was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. According to a police investigation, Roman-Abaraca lost control of the vehicle, striking the concrete barrier and the Ford truck.

A female passenger in the car with Roman-Abaraca was rushed to Seton Medical Center where she underwent surgery. The status and extent of her injuries are unknown.
A 45-year-old Austin woman, Merry Daye, was performing maintenance on her bike in the bike lane with the pickup truck hit her. The crash happened at around 2:26 a.m.

Since the crash, police have found the truck suspected to have been involved in the crash. The driver in the crash is still being searched for.

Merry Daye left behind family members including her younger sister who has set up a tribute wall for family and friends to leave their condolences in remembrance of Merry Daye.


Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in Leander | Ryan Prindle

December 19, 2019

A Leander man was killed in a two vehicle crash when an SUV attempted to make a u-turn. Leander police have identified the man as 24-year-old Ryan Prindle.

The fatal crash happened at around 12:05 p.m. on Hero Way in Leander. Ryan Prindle was driving a black 2013 Acura westbound. When Prindle’s vehicle crossed the southbound lanes of Ronald Reagan Boulevard, it was struck by an SUV attempting to turn northbound. A black 2005 Ford Explorer SUV struck Prindle’s Acura on the driver’s side door.

The impact caused both vehicles to end in the median south of the intersection. The driver of the Acura, Ryan Prindle, died at the scene. The 27-year-old driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The victim in the crash, Ryan Prindle, has been remembered by family and friends as a caring, outgoing, and inquisitive young man. He is survived by his parents, Mark and Niki, and siblings Drew, Rachel and Meagan.

Ryan Prindle was a resident of Georgetown, TX and a senior at Oklahoma State University. He had ambitious goals and had hoped to work for the US Embassy after graduation in May.


Distracted Driving Possible Cause for Four Children Killed, Driver in Coma

March 29, 2019

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.

Coverage about the crash from KIII TV.

Read about options surviving family members have to cover medical bills, help with funeral costs, lost wages, and compensate for pain and suffering.


Rollover Crash on 290 in Dripping Springs Kills Samuel Joseph Lowrance

April 30, 2019

A crash that happened at 6:30 am on April 30 caused injuries to five people and killed a man from Driftwood.

Traffic was closed for hours following the crash. Very few details about the crash are released at this time from the rollover crash that occurred near Fitzhugh road.

33-year-old Samuel Joseph Lowrance was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other people were rushed to the hospital with critical injuries, and 2 others sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Samuel Joseph Lowrance is remembered by his family, including a wife and 22-month-old daughter, as an avid singer and loving man. Contributions to the surviving family members can be made to the Sam Lowrance Memorial Account.


Pedestrian Killed Near 51st Street | Aric Maxwell

April 21, 2019

Police say a pedestrian attempted to cross Interstate 35 near 51st street. The man, Aric Maxwell, was struck by a silver 2016 Chevy Equinox traveling southbound.

The driver of the Equinox stayed at the scene of the crash. No charges are expected to be filed.

Read the police report at www.austintexas.gov.


Austin Car Accident Death News 2019

  1. Truck, Honda Accord Collide Killing Young Man | Leon Rogelio Andres Salmeron
  2. Man Killed on U.S. 290 when Driver Ignored Traffic Sign
  3. Man Dies as a Result of Injuries in Jollyville Crash | Michael Cannatti
  4. 5-Year-Old Killed in Hit-and-Run | Illiana Martinez
  5. Woman Died in East Austin Crash | Hannah Jaggers
  6. 3 Trucks, 3 Cars, and 1 Fatality in Pflugerville Accident
  7. Pedestrian Struck, Killed, on South Congress | Carlos Cardenas
  8. Woman Hit, Killed by SUV on MLK | Jessica Saathoff
  9. Motorcyclist Dies in New Braunfels
  10. 20-Year-Old Killed in Three Vehicle Drunk Driving Crash | Javier Emanuel Niño Esparza
  11. Traffic Fatality Near Four Points in Northwest Austin
  12. Hit and Run Pedestrian Victim Identified | Blair Dismukes
  13. 17-Year-Old Killed in Left-Turn Crash | Alexia Scordelis
  14. Man Struck and Killed by Cap Metro Bus near UT | Anthony John Diaz
  15. Teen Passenger Dies in Single Vehicle Crash | Messiah Zion Mouton
  16. Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Due to Speeding in the Rain | Trevor James Ralston
  17. UT Student Dies in E-scooter-Rideshare Crash
  18. Woman Failed to Yield at Stop Sign, Died in Two Vehicle Crash | Ann Bottenfield-Seago
  19. Police Release Victim Name in Deadly Racing Crash | Barkat Umatia

Truck, Honda Accord Collide Killing Young Man | Leon Rogelio Andres Salmeron

April 26, 2019

A fatal crash happened in the 8200 block of Research Boulevard (Hwy 183) southbound service road. Police believe that the driver of a 2005 Honda Accord failed to yield to right of way from a private drive. The driver was pulling out of the The Park at Crestview Apartments complex. A Ford F-150 struck the Honda causing the truck to strike a concrete support column.

The driver of the 2005 Honda Accord, Leon Rogelio Andres Salmeron, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.


Man Killed on U.S. 290 when Driver Ignored Traffic Sign

April 18, 2019

A three vehicle collision took the life of a man in his 20s on U.S. 290 near Oak Hill. Police say a driver ignored a traffic sign and collided with the 20-year-old’s car.

The crash happened before 7 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 290 West and RM 1826. A man driving an SUV pulled out of a private drive onto U.S. 290 and made an unsafe left turn across several lanes of traffic. A sign said that only right turns were allowed.

The driver of the SUV collided with a silver car, who swerved to attempt to avoid a wreck. However, due to the force of the collision, the silver car slid across eastbound lanes of traffic and was hit a second time by a truck.

The man in his 20s driving the silver car was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the SUV received a citation for disregarding a posted sign, a Class C misdemeanor. Police do not believe intoxication played a role in the crash.


Man Dies as a Result of Injuries in Jollyville Crash | Michael Cannatti

April 17, 2019

At around 10:00 in the morning, a Cadillac and Isuzu conventional truck crashed causing serious life-threatening injuries.

A white, 2018 Isuzu truck was traveling in the northbound lane of Jollyville road, approaching the intersection. The truck failed to yield while approaching the intersection, crashing into the drivers side of a 2015 Cadillac XTS traveling westbound on Balcones Woods Dr. A third vehicle, a 2013 Mazda sedan, was also struck by the Isuzu truck.

The driver of the Cadillac, Michael Cannatti, was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center where he later died of his injuries. Cannatti was 71 years old at the time of the crash.

Cannatti has been remembered by family and friends as a respected mentor, colleague, and loving father and grandfather. You can read more about his life on www.dignitymemorial.com.


5 Year Old Girl Killed After Hit and Run

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.


25-Year-Old Woman Killed in Rollover Crash | Hannah Jaggers

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.

3 Trucks, 3 Cars, and 1 Fatality in Pflugerville Accident

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.


Pedestrian Identified in Fatal South Congress Crash | Carlos Cardenas Jr.

March 29, 2019

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.


Pedestrian Identified in Fatal South Congress Crash | Carlos Cardenas Jr.

March 29, 2019

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.

Bicyclist Hit, Killed by Driver of SUV | Jessica Saathoff

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.


Motorcyclist Dies in New Braunfels

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.


20-Year-Old Killed in Three Vehicle Drunk Driving Crash | Emanuel Niño Esparza

February 27, 2019

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.


Traffic Fatality Near Four Points in Northwest Austin

March 2, 2019

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.


Hit and Run Pedestrian Victim Identified as Blair Dismukes

February 21, 2019

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.


17-Year-Old Killed in Left-Turn Crash on County Road 117 | Alexia Scordelis

February 21, 2019

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.


Man Struck and Killed by Cap Metro Bus near UT

January 30, 2019

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.


Teen Passenger Dies in Single Vehicle Crash | Messiah Zion Mouton

February 9, 2019

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.


Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Due to Car Speeding in the Rain | Trevor James Ralston

February 7, 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.


UT Student Dies in E-scooter-Rideshare Crash | Mark Sands

February 4, 2019

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


Woman Failed to Yield at Stop Sign, Died in Two Vehicle Crash

January 18, 2019

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.


Bystander Barkat Umatia Killed in Deadly Racing Crash on 183

December 4, 2019

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.