Fatalities 2018

Traffic Fatality #28  – Motorcycle vs Motorcycle

APD Case:       18-1591949
Date:             June 9, 2018
Time:            10:20 p.m.
Location:      7700 block of Decker Lane
Deceased:    Cheryl Kelly, White female, DOB: 07/20/1961

The preliminary investigation shows that a black, Harley Davidson motorcycle, was northbound, inside lane, near the 7700 block of Decker Lane. An orange Harley Davidson was also traveling northbound and slowed to make a U-turn. The black motorcycle struck the orange motorcycle from behind.    The driver of the black motorcycle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, identified as Cheryl Kelly, 56, was transported to Dell Seton with critical injuries. Kelly succumbed to her injuries June 12, 2018, and was pronounced deceased at 3:43 p.m.   Alcohol was not considered a factor in the collision. This is Austin’s 28th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 29 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 29 fatal traffic crashes and 31 traffic fatalities.

This is Austin’s 28th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 29 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 29 fatal traffic crashes and 31 traffic fatalities.

Traffic Fatality #27  – Motorcycle vs Car

APD Case:      18-1610266
Date:             June 10, 2018
Time:             3:03 a.m.
Location:      7300 block Decker Lane
Deceased:    Mark Capistran, White male (D.O.B. 10-22-67)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle stopped facing westbound in the 7300 block of Decker Lane. A tan, 2011, Buick Lacrosse was traveling northbound in the 7300 block of Decker Lane when it struck the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Mark Capistran, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas with life-threatening injuries. He passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 1:21 p.m.    The driver of the Buick stopped and stayed on scene. No charges are expected at this time.

Traffic Fatality #26 – Car vs Truck

APD Case:        18-1611120
Date:             June 10, 2018
Time:             4:47 p.m.
Location:       E US 290 and Harris Branch Parkway
Deceased:     Unidentified Hispanic male

The preliminary investigation shows that a black, 2004 Infiniti G35 traveling northbound on Harris Branch Parkway collided with a white, 18-wheeler on the westbound 290 frontage road. The crash occurred in an intersection controlled by a traffic light. The unidentified male died at the scene while the driver of the 18-wheeler was transported with non-life threatening injuries

Traffic Fatality #25
– Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:       18-1581683
Date:              June 7, 2018
Time:             9:18 p.m.
Location:       Airport Blvd. and Springdale Rd.
Deceased:     Bret Treadway, White male (D.O.B. 12-28-60)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2009 Buick was traveling southbound on Airport Blvd., in the outside lane, approaching a green light at the intersection of Springdale Rd. A pedestrian entered the roadway north of the intersection and was struck by the Buick. Bret Treadway was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and was pronounced deceased at 9:52 p.m. The driver of the Buick stopped and stayed on scene. No charges are expected at this time.

Traffic Fatality #24
– Car vs Truck (Speeding, Lost Control)

APD Case:   18-1460542
Date:             May 26, 2018
Time:             9:41 a.m.
Location:       7600 block of FM 969
Deceased:     Sean Everton Bodie, Black male (D.O.B. 7-14-99)

The preliminary investigation shows that a tan, 2000, Toyota Camry was traveling eastbound on FM 969 when it hit the rail road tracks at a high rate of speed and lost control. The vehicle entered into the westbound lanes where it was struck by a white, 2011, Ford F-250.   The driver of the Toyota Camry was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The occupants of the Ford F-250 were taken to area hospitals for what are believed to be minor.

Traffic Fatality #23 
– Truck vs Pedestrian

APD Case:     18-1410188
Date:             May 21, 2018
Time:             4:22 a.m.
Location:       5800 block of North IH 35, northbound proper
Deceased:     Carolyn Conner, Black female (D.O.B. 7-8-69)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2011, Peterbuilt 18-wheeler was traveling northbound in the right lane of the 5800 block of N. IH 35, northbound. It appears that a pedestrian was crossing the highway from west to east and was struck by the front left portion of the 18-wheeler. The female was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler stopped and stayed on scene. No charges are expected to be filed at this time.

Traffic Fatality #22
– Car vs Pedestrian (Hit and Run)

APD Case:    18-1270120
Date:             May 7, 2018
Time:             2:10 a.m.
Location:       7900 N. IH 35 service road southbound
Deceased:     Robert Copeland, White male, (D.O.B. 11-7-57)
Arrested:       Rafael Padilla, Hispanic male (28 years of age)

The preliminary investigation shows that a black 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling southbound in the right lane of the N. IH 35 southbound service road just south of Wonsley Dr. and struck a man in a wheelchair. The victim was in the right lane of travel on the service road. It is unknown why he was in the roadway. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Jeep fled the scene and was arrested at a later time based on a CrimeStoppers Tip.

Traffic Fatality #21  
– Car vs Pole

APD Case:            18-1210147
Date:             May 1, 2018
Time:            2:50 a.m.
Location:      700 W. Stassney Ln.
Deceased:    Marissa Renae Rodriguez, White female (D.O.B. 6-9-90)

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue, 2004 Nissan Maxima was traveling westbound in the 700 block of West Stassney Lane when it left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a utility pole. The driver was transported to St. David’s South Austin Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  She died later that morning.

Traffic Fatality #20
– Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:   18-1110273
Date:             April 21, 2018
Time:            3:41 a.m.
Location:      8110 S. IH 35 southbound service road
Deceased:    Dystany Farrias, White female, (D.O.B. 6-24-1986)

The preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian was walking southbound in the 8100 block of South IH 35 service road near the right shoulder but partially in the lane of travel. A 2001, silver Chevrolet pickup was traveling southbound in the right lane when it struck the pedestrian with the right, front quarter panel area of the vehicle. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver remained on scene and did not sustain any injuries.

Traffic Fatality #19
– Car vs Car (Intoxicated Manslaughter)

APD Case:   18-1060143
Date:             Monday, April 16, 2018
Time:            2:43 a.m.
Location:      100 block of N. IH-35 frontage SB
Deceased:    Dean Hood, White male (D.O.B. 10/17/1990)
Arrested :    Devin Nethery, 22 and Kelsi Weatherby, 27

The preliminary investigation shows that a red, 2013 Volvo 4-door was travelling southbound in the center lane approaching the Cesar Chavez intersection in the 100 block of N. IH-35 frontage followed by a black, 2016 Hyundai Elantra driven by Kelsi Weatherby. A red, 2013 Chrysler 200 4-door, driven by Devin Nethery, struck the Elantra from behind causing damage to all three vehicles.   Nethery and Weatherby were both transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Dean Hood was pronounced deceased at the scene.   Devin Nethery, age 22, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. Kelsi Weatherby, age 27, was arrested for DWI. Nethery’s booking photo is not yet available. Weatherby’s is included below.

Traffic Fatality #18
– Car vs Motorcycle

APD Case:   18-1021241
Date:            Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time:            5:39 p.m.
Location:      8200 block of W. SH 71
Deceased:    Ethan Childress, White male (D.O.B. 2/23/1992)

The preliminary investigation shows that the blue, 1999 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Ethan Childress was travelling westbound when it collided with a grey, 2001 Toyota Rav4. The driver of the Rav4 failed to yield right of way while attempting to turn left (southbound to eastbound) out of a private drive. Childress was transported to a local hospital where he would pronounced deceased.

Traffic Fatality #17
– Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:    18-1010078
Date:            Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time:            1:15 a.m.
Location:      8900 block of S. I-35 NB
Deceased:    Afshin Andrew Sustaita, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 2/5/1985)

The preliminary investigation shows that Afshin Sustaita attempted to cross eastbound in the 8900 block of S. I-35 NB on foot when he was struck by a 2009, blue Nissan Altima travelling northbound in the outside lane of traffic. Sustaita was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Traffic Fatality #16
– Car vs Object (lost control speeding)

APD Case:   18-0990064
Date:            Monday, April 9, 2018
Time:            1:09 a.m.
Location:      6600 S. Congress Avenue
Deceased:    Juan Carlo Orduna Luna, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 11/15/1999)

The preliminary investigation shows that the 2010, Infiniti G37 driven by Luna was traveling north in the 6600 block of S. Congress when he lost control and struck a bus stop. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene and the passenger was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Travis County Traffic Fatality  
– Car vs Car

Date:             Wednesday, March 4, 2018
Time:             4:24 p.m.
Location:       Signal Hill Drive, near the Travis-Hays county line
Deceased:     Jory Mayer, 21, and Carol Ann Larue, 58

Two people who died in a collision on U.S. 290 West in southwest Travis County on Wednesday afternoon have been identified.  Jory Mayer, 21, and Carol Ann Larue, 58, both died when their SUVs slammed into each other head-on around 4:24 p.m. at Signal Hill Drive, near the Travis-Hays county line. Mayer was headed east on the highway in a Nissan Rogue when the vehicle drifted into the center turn lane, then into oncoming traffic.  Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #15
– Car vs Pole

APD Case:  18-0700966
Date:             Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time:             2:35 p.m.
Location:       1100 N Capital of Texas Highway NB
Deceased:     Unidentified, White male (D.O.B. unknown)

The preliminary investigation shows that the unidentified male was driving a 2003, Honda Accord when he struck a light pole at the corner of N Capital of Texas Highway and Pascal Lane at approximately 2:35 p.m. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #13
– Vehicle vs Pedestrian

APD Case:  18-0741868
Date:             Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time:             8:48 p.m.
Location:       20 N. IH-35 Northbound
Deceased:     Unknown, Hispanic male

Officers responded to a report of a deceased, Hispanic male, lying in the middle lane of 20 N. IH-35 Northbound. The trauma to the victim’s body was consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle. The vehicle did not remain on scene and no witnesses have come forward with information.

Traffic Fatality #12 
– Car vs Car (speed)

APD Case:     18-0721247
Date:             Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time:             4:31 p.m.
Location:       500 W. Howard Ln.
Deceased:     Jack Krupski, White male (D.O.B. 5/18/1967)

The preliminary investigation shows that a red, 1981 Chevrolet Corvette veered left for an unknown reason in the 500 block of W Howard Ln. The Corvette struck the raised curb before sliding across a large median, clearing a well-established tree as it did so. The Corvette re-entered the roadway perpendicular to the eastbound side of W. Howard Ln. at which point a dark grey, 2015 Chevrolet Colorado struck the passenger side. The significant distance covered by the Corvette indicates the victim, identified as Jack Krupski, was travelling at a high rate of speed.   Jack Krupski was transported to Round Rock Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Chevrolet Colorado sustained minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.

Traffic Fatality #11
– Car vs Pedestrian 

APD Case:   18-590287
Date:             Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time:            6:36 a.m.
Location:      800 E. Slaughter Ln.
Deceased:    Daniel Anthony Franco Tovar, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 2/14/04)

The preliminary investigation shows that the victim was walking in a crosswalk from north to south in the 800 block of E. Slaughter Ln. The victim had the right-of-way at the time when a white, 2005 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on E. Slaughter Ln. approached the intersection of Brandt Rd. The driver of the Explorer entered the intersection against a red light and struck the victim. The driver remained on scene. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, eventually passing on March 7, 2018 at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Traffic Fatality #10
– Car vs Car (hit and run)

APD Case:   18-0541731
Date:             Friday, February 23, 2018
Time:             Approximately 10:32 p.m.
Location:      6400 block of Decker Lane
Deceased:    Josman James, Other male (D.O.B. 6-28-97)
Arrested:   Ashley Shelsea Rodriguez-Dominguez, age 19

The preliminary investigation shows that a tan, 2004 Cadillac CTS and a maroon, 2005 Nissan Murano driven by Josman James were both northbound on Decker Lane approaching Loyola when the Cadillac struck the Murano, pushing it into the southbound lanes where it collided with a maroon, 2006 Cadillac DTS.   The driver of the 2004 Cadillac CTS, Ashley Shelsea Rodriguez-Dominguez, age 19, fled on foot, but was later located by patrol officers. She has been charged with Accident Involving Death (Failure to Stop and Render Aid).

Traffic Fatality #9 
– Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:   18-0481490
Date:            Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time:            Approximately 8:40 p.m.
Location:      W. Slaughter Ln. and Southpark Meadows Dr.
Deceased:    Devon Reed Gerald, White male (D.O.B. 8-10-94)

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2013 Toyota Highlander was traveling eastbound on W. Slaughter Lane approaching the intersection of Southpark Meadows Dr. with a green light. A pedestrian ran across Slaughter Ln., from north to south, against the pedestrian traffic light and was struck by the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota remained on scene.   The pedestrian who has been identified as Devon Reed Gerald, was transported to South Austin Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Gerald was pronounced at 9:35 p.m.

Traffic Fatality #8
– Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:  18-0371243
Date:             Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time:             Approximately 7:07 p.m.
Location:      7300 block E. Riverside Dr.
Deceased:     Mark Antonio Rodriguez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 11-17-79)

The preliminary investigation shows that a yellow, 2013 Chrysler 300 was traveling eastbound in the 7300 block of E. Riverside Dr. in the center lane. A pedestrian was crossing mid-block walking southbound across E. Riverside Dr. when he was struck by the Chrysler 300.  The pedestrian who has been identified as, Mark Antonio Rodriguez was transported to South Austin Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Traffic Fatality #7
– Car vs Moped (intoxicated manslaughter)

APD Case:  18-0400212
Date:             Friday, February 9, 2018
Time:             Approximately 3:05 a.m.
Location:       3400 block Red River Street
Deceased:     Timothy Wayne Boykin, White male (D.O.B. 10-15-72)
Arrested:       Olivia Madeleine Hamalainen Gruwell, White female (21 years of age)

The preliminary investigation shows that a maroon, 1996 Yamaha moped was traveling northbound in the right lane of the 3400 block of Red River Street. A silver, 2012 Jeep Wrangler was also northbound in the right lane of Red River Street. The Wrangler failed to maintain an assured clear distance, striking the moped and failing to stop and render aid. The Wrangler continued driving northbound on Red River Street.   The Wrangler driver was later located in the 900 block of E. 37th Street. The driver, who officers determined to be intoxicated, has been identified as 21-year-old Olivia Madeleine Hamalainen Gruwell. Gruwell has been charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxication manslaughter.   The moped driver identified as Timothy Wayne Boykin, was located in the 3500 block of Red River Street, where he was pronounced deceased.

Traffic Fatality #6
– Car vs Bicycle

APD Case:   18-0290542
Date:             Monday, January 29, 2018
Time:             Approximately 10:42 a.m.
Location:       4800 block of Teri Rd.
Deceased:     Leonel Hernandez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 10-14-59)

On Monday, January 29, 2018 at approximately 10:42 a.m., officers and EMS responded to an injured bicyclist lying in a yard in the 4800 block of Teri Rd. Officers assisted as EMS attended to the victim who had significant trauma to his head. Witnesses reported seeing the victim dragging a damaged bicycle just prior to him collapsing. Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives believe Hernandez was likely struck by a vehicle.
The victim, who has been identified as Leonel Hernandez, died at a local hospital on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Traffic Fatality #5
– Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:   18-0301394
Date:          Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time:          10:49 p.m.
Location:    1650 E. Anderson Lane
Deceased:  Alma Rosa Hernandez-Jaimes, Hispanic female (D.O.B. 8-30-89)

The preliminary investigation shows that a gray, 2000 Lexus stopped for unknown reasons on the US Hwy 290 E. Toll entrance ramp with no vehicle lights illuminated. The driver of the Lexus was seen standing on the passenger side of her vehicle near the opened passenger door. A red, 2013 Nissan Altima struck the Lexus, which forced the driver of the Lexus into the stopped vehicle.  The driver of the Lexus sustained serious bodily injuries requiring emergency medical transport. The driver of the Altima and their passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Lexus who has been identified as, Alma Rosa Hernandez-Jaimes, succumbed to her injuries on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Traffic Fatality #4
– Car vs Tree

APD Case:  18-0280382
Date:            Sunday, January 28, 2018
Time:            5:00 a.m.
Location:      3600 S. Mopac Frontage Rd Sb
Deceased:    Charles Kagai, Black male (D.O.B. 11-25-75)

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2011 Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on the frontage road of Mopac in the 3600 block when it left the roadway. The 4Runner continued southbound in the grass median until it hit several trees that eventually stopped the vehicle. The vehicle caught fire as a result of the crash killing the driver who was the only occupant.

Traffic Fatality #3
-Truck vs Motorcycle

APD Case:   18-0241249
Date:            Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time:            6:31 p.m.
Location:      508 E. Howard Lane
Deceased:    Manuel Gouveia, White male (D.O.B. 7-20-63)

The preliminary investigation shows that a red, 1998 Ford F-150 was traveling westbound on Howard Lane in the left lane. A black, 2011 Harley Davidson Motorcycle came out of a private drive located at 508 E. Howard lane. There is an intersection at this location and a stop sign. As the motorcycle exited the private driveway, it pulled directly in front of the F-150. The F-150 tried to avoid hitting the motorcycle by slamming on the brakes, but was not successful. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Round Rock Hospital but was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.

Traffic Fatality #2
– Car vs Bridge (ice, lost control)

APD Case:    18-160882
Date:             Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time:             5:14 p.m.
Location:      1500 W. Slaughter Lane
Deceased:     Eva Marie Gonzales, W/F, DOB: 01-22-1961 (passenger)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2003 Ford Ranger, traveling eastbound, was crossing an icy bridge, in the 1500 block of W. Slaughter Lane. The driver, identified as 59-year-old Kenneth Odeal Craig, lost control from the middle lane and veered to his right, resulting in the vehicle jumping over the south curb and rolling over a guardrail/chain link fence, falling 30 feet to the ground.  At 5:36 p.m., passenger Eva Marie Gonzales was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Traffic Fatality #1
– Truck vs Car

APD Case:   18-0041689
Date:           Thursday, January 4, 2018
Time:           11:57 p.m.
Location:     5600 N IH 35 Northbound
Deceased:   Ashley Martinez, Hispanic female (D.O.B. 11-27-94)
Eloy Herrera, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 4-9-02)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2018, Kenworth T680 with a 53’ foot box trailer and a 2001, tan, GMC Jimmy were traveling northbound on IH 35. The GMC stopped in the center lane, for unknown reasons, and was rear ended by the Kenworth T680. The GMC then burst into flames, killing both of its occupants.