Fatalities 2018

Traffic Fatality #39
– Truck vs Pedestrian (Hit and Run)

APD Case:   18-2130392
Date:            Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time:           7:58 a.m.
Location:     600 block of W. Ben White
Vehicle:       2005 GMC 1500, TXLP# AD68179
Deceased:   Ernesto Gonzales Garcia, H/M, (DOB: 11/15/1977)
Arrested:         Darrell Shane Smitty, W/M, 52-years-old

Both the suspect vehicle and suspect are now in the Austin Police Department’s (APD) custody from yesterday’s fatal crash incident that occurred in the 600 block of W. Ben White. Suspect Darrell Smitty, 52,  is being charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid, a 2nd Degree Felony.   The preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian, identified as 40-year-old Ernesto Garcia, was walking westbound near a bus stop in the 600 block of W. Ben White Service Road. The suspect driver was westbound on the service road in the right turn lane. The suspect drove straight through the intersection, onto the sidewalk, between the bus stop and a Capital Metro bus that had stopped to pick up passengers, striking the pedestrian.   Ernesto Garcia was pronounced deceased at the scene.   The truck came to a stop in a driveway the driver walked to where Garcia lay, then walked back to his truck and drove away.

Traffic Fatality #35
– Car vs Trailer (Following to Close)

APD Case:    18-1960333
Date:             July 15, 2018
Time:            4:01 a.m.
Location:      3500 N IH 35
Deceased:    Jacoby Ray Bailey, Black male (D.O.B. 1-2-90)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2005 white Infinity and a white 2015 International pulling a white 2006 trailer were traveling southbound on N IH 35 in the lower deck. The Infinity failed to maintain an assured clear distance and struck the trailer.   The driver of the Infinity was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he died as a result of his injuries on Monday, July 23, 2018.
No charges are expected against the driver of the trailer.

Traffic Fatality #34
-Motorcycle vs Car

APD Case:       18-2041737
Date:             July 23, 2018
Time:            10:20 p.m.
Location:      7612 Bluff Springs Rd.
Deceased:    Brandon Thomas Buentello, Other male (D.O.B. 2-29-92)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white 1989 Honda motorcycle was traveling southbound on Bluff Springs Road when a blue 2012 Toyota Prius turned in front of it. The Prius was traveling northbound on Bluff Springs Road and attempting to turn left into the convenience store parking lot located in the 7600 block. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to St. David’s South Austin Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.   The driver of the motorcycle, Brandon Thomas Buentello, was transported to St. David’s South Austin Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.   No charges are pending against the driver of the Prius.

Traffic Fatality #33
– Pedestrian (Hit and Run)

APD Case:     18-2040297
Date:             July 23, 2018
Time:            6:30 a.m.
Location:      5700 W. Parmer Ln.
Deceased:    Scott Gerald Whiting, Other male, (D.O.B. 3-20-81)

The preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian was walking eastbound on the south curb line of the 5700 block of Parmer Lane when an unknown vehicle, also traveling eastbound, struck him. It is unknown if the pedestrian was walking in the bicycle lane or the grassy shoulder when he was struck.  The vehicle that struck the pedestrian fled the scene and remains unidentified. The pedestrian, identified as Scott Gerald Whiting, died on scene.

Traffic Fatality #32
– Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:     18-1941661
Date:             July 13, 2018
Time:            9:05 p.m.
Location:      800 block of Rutland Dr.
Deceased:    Troy Dean Fisher, White male (D.O.B. 7-6-60)

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 1997 Toyota 4Runner was traveling westbound in the outside lane of traffic in the 800 block of Rutland Dr.   A pedestrian, identified as Troy Dean Fisher, was attempting to cross Rutland Drive north curb southbound to the south curb. He was not in the crosswalk and was struck by the Toyota 4Runner.   Fisher was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center and was pronounced deceased at 9:38 p.m.

Traffic Fatality #31
– Car vs Car (Lost Control)

APD Case:    18-1901077
Date:             July 9, 2018
Time:            3:43 p.m.
Location:      1500 W Cesar Chavez St.
Deceased:    Pinkeshkumar Dineshbhai Patel, Asian male, (D.O.B. 4-28-88)

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue 2009 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on W. Cesar Chavez St. A black 2015 Ford F150 truck was traveling westbound on W. Cesar Chavez. The Honda Civic lost control in the 1500 block and veered into the path of the Ford F150.  The driver of the Honda Civic, Pinkeshkumar Dineshbhai Patel, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Ford F150 was trasported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas with minor injuries.

Traffic Fatality #29
– Motorcycle vs pole (Lost Control)

APD Case:     18-1642041
Date:            June 13, 2018
Time:            11:26 p.m.
Location:      Intersection of Springdale Road and Webberville Road
Deceased:    Michael Watson, Black male, DOB: 05/21/1980

The preliminary investigation shows that Michael Watson lost control of the black, 2018 Indian motorcycle he was driving northbound, on Springdale Road. He struck the west curb of Springdale Road before hitting the north curb on Webberville Road and then crashed into a utility pole. Watson was thrown from the motorcycle.   He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:22 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 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.


Greater Austin 2018 Traffic Fatality Crashes:

(1) Liberty Hill, Williamson County – August 1, 2018 — A motorcyclist died after a crash on CR 258 in Liberty Hill on Thursday night, the Williamson County sheriff said.  The rider was “wrapped” in barbed wire, Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted. The motorcyclist was the only person involved in the crash, Chody told the American-Statesman.

(1) Pflugerville – Travis County – July 31, 2018 — A man died after his truck rolled over and slammed into cars parked at a Pflugerville dealership late Wednesday night.  The DPS says the crash happened just before midnight at the Rockville Motors dealership off Interstate 35, between Wells Branch Parkway and Grand Avenue Parkway.  Authorities say Frank Marcelino Carlos, 48, of Pflugerville, was speeding northbound on the I-35 frontage road when he swerved to avoid “slow moving traffic.” As he was swerving, Carlos lost control of his truck, struck a utility pole and then into nine parked cars.  Carlos, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

(1) Del Valle, Travis County – July 3, 2018 — A man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a rollover crash involving an 18-wheeler in Del Valle, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  Medics said they responded at around noon to the crash on Texas 71 near FM 973, just east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A man believed to be in his 30s was pronounced dead, EMS said. It was not clear Tuesday how many other vehicles were involved or what caused the crash.

(2) Burnet County – July 3, 201 8 —  The wife and son of a Goldthwaite pastor were killed Monday in a Burnet County crash the day after the pastor’s retirement, according to The Goldthwaite Eagle and church officials early Tuesday in a three-vehicle collision in Burnet County.T he crash happened just after midnight on U.S. 183 about a mile and a half south of Briggs, DPS officials said.  Troopers say a 61-year-old Lampasas man, Sylvano Sanchez, was driving north on U.S. 183 in a Dodge Ram when his pickup veered into the southbound lanes of traffic and struck two vehicles that were following each other.  A 13-year-old boy, whose identity was not released, and 58-year-old Sharon Orsak Johnson were both pronounced dead at the scene.

(2) Mustang Ridge, Travis County – June 29, 2018 — A woman and child were killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 183 in southern Travis County, according to the Mustang Ridge Police Department.  The crash happened at 2:27 p.m. on U.S. 183 in Mustang Ridge, and deputies closed northbound U.S. 183 as they investigated the crash.

(3) Hays County – June 15, 2018 — Three people from Wimberley died in a fiery crash Friday near San Marcos.  According to DPS, 22-year-old Ramiro Ramirez, 40-year-old Angela Mary Masullo and 44-year-old Daniel Stuart Masullo all died about 8 p.m. on RM 12, three miles south of San Marcos. Three others also were injured in the wreck.  DPS officials said Ramirez’s truck was headed north on RM 12 when it ended up on the wrong side of the road and clipped the rear quarter panel of another vehicle. That vehicle spun around and slammed into a guardrail.  Ramirez’s vehicle continued barreling ahead until it slammed head-on into a Lincoln MKX driven by Angela Masullo. Daniel Masullo was in the passenger’s seat. Ramirez’s truck caught fire after the crash, the DPS said.

(3) Spicewood, Travis County – June 9, 2018 — Maribel Enriquez, 17, died Saturday afternoon after a crash near Spicewood that left two others dead and two more victims in critical condition. Enriquez, who played center forward for the Marble Falls Mustangs soccer team, was driving a Ford Mustang on Texas 71 with her 31-year-old brother, Jose Ornelas, when the car’s worn tires caused her to lose control on a wet stretch of the road about 4:48 p.m., DPS said. The Mustang slid across multiple lanes of traffic before colliding with a Mercedes-Benz carrying four people. Enriquez died at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, and Ornelas remains in critical condition there, DPS officials said.  Preben Hammer, 71, and his wife, Alice, who were in the Mercedes-Benz, died at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, officials said. Susan Stein, 78, who was also traveling in the Mercedes-Benz, is in critical condition at Dell Seton Medical Center. The fourth passenger in the Mercedes-Benz was not taken to a hospital, officials said.  It was not clear whether that afternoon’s rain was a factor in the crash.

(1) Williamson County – May 29, 2018 — A 25-year-old man was killed early Sunday in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Williamson County, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said. The crash happened around 6 a.m. on Texas 195 about two miles north of Florence, the officials said. Officials say Rodolfo Guajardo of Killeen was driving south on the highway when he veered into a ditch, over-corrected and spun across the road. Troopers say Guajardo was ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest on its side on the northbound shoulder.

(1) Cedar Park – May 9, 2018 — A 71-year-old Cedar Park woman was killed Tuesday in a two-car crash in Cedar Park, according to a police news release.  Lizabeth Lefeve to Round Rock Medical Center.  Police were alerted at 3 p.m. Tuesday about the crash at 201 South Bell Blvd. Lefeve was driving a Mazda 3 and the other driver was driving a Hyundai Elantra.

(2) Cedar Park — April 13, 2018 — An Austin woman and a Taylor woman both died in a one-vehicle rollover early Friday morning in Cedar Park, police said.  Connie Brown, 48, of Austin and Sara Johnson, 30, of Taylor died at the scene at FM 1431 and New Hope Drive, according to police. When officers received a call about the rollover at 1 a.m. Friday, they arrived to find a Lincoln Navigator that had flipped over.   Brown and Johnson, who were both wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the car, police said. They said Brown was the driver.

(2) Mustang Ridge, Travis County – March 24, 2018 — On Friday, a passerby discovered two men in their vehicle who died in a Mustang Ridge crash that likely happened hours earlier, the DPS said.  The 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck they were in was found in a ditch off U.S. 183 in Mustang Ridge.  DPS believe the two men were heading south on U.S. 183 when the driver veered off the road and overcorrected. The pickup then likely rolled several times before it came to rest on its side, officials said. They estimate that the crash happened around 3:30 a.m.