Fatal Crashes 2017

Williamson County Traffic Fatality   – Motorcycle vs pole

Date:             November 16, 2017, Friday
Time:            2:15  pm
Location:      State Highway 79 between Hutto and Taylor
Deceased:     Michael Bradford Simms, 55, of Austin

HUTTO — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a pole on the side of State Highway 79 between Hutto and Taylor, Thursday afternoon.The motorcycle rider was identified as Michael Bradford Simms, 55, of Austin. TxDPS says Simms was traveling westbound on US 79 when he crossed over the eastbound lanes of the highway and drove off the road. DPS says Simms fell off the motorcycle and struck a telephone pole.

Traffic Fatality #60 – Car vs post (speed)

APD Case:     17-3151167
Date:              Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time:              5:54 p.m.
Location:       6500 block of E Riverside Dr.
Deceased:     Palma-Rodriguez, Anderson, Hispanic male, 18 years of age
Unidentified female

The preliminary investigation shows that Palma-Rodriguez was racing another vehicle in the black, 4-door Honda. He was driving westbound on E. Riverside Dr. at a high rate of speed when he lost control, striking a billboard post. The vehicle then caught fire.  Both Palma-Rodriguez and the as-yet unidentified female passenger in the car died at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #59– Car vs Car (Intoxicated Manslaughter x 3)

APD Case:   17-3150989
Date:             Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time:             3:31 p.m.
Location:       9400 block of Research Blvd.
Arrested:       Guy Brasted, 41
Deceased:     Latulippe, Nancy, White female, 38 years of age
Latulippe, Jackson, White male, 14 years of age
Latulippe, Scott, White male, 41 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that 41-year-old Guy Brasted was driving a black, Jeep Wrangler northbound on Research Blvd., when he lost control, leaving the roadway and resulting in a head on collision with a White, Fiat 500, that was traveling southbound. A third vehicle sustained front-end damage from the continuation of the initial impact of the Jeep and Fiat.  Brasted was ejected from his vehicle. Nancy Latulippe, 38, who was driving the Fiat, and passenger Jackson Latulippe, 14, were pronounced deceased at the scene.  Two other passengers in the Fiat were transported to the hospital — Scott Latulippe died of injuries Friday a female child with non-life threatening injuries. The driver from the third vehicle was not transported for injuries.  Brasted was initially transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, but was later determined to be non-life threatening. He is facing two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.

Traffic Fatality #58 – Car vs pole (speed)

APD Case:    17-3091672
Date:             Sunday, November 5, 2017
Time:             10:19 p.m.
Location:       Spicewood Springs Rd. and Scotland Well Dr.
Deceased:      Unidentified White male

The preliminary investigation shows that a red, 2007 Mazda 6 was driving southbound on Spicewood Springs Rd. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle lost control and struck a traffic light pole, which is located on the southwest corner of Spicewood Springs Rd. and Scotland Well Dr.  The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #57 – Motorcycle vs gate (speed)

APD Case:  17-3090297
Date:             Sunday, November 5, 2017
Time:             2:19 a.m.
Location:      1300 block of Thornberry Rd.
Deceased:     Zachary Ryan Alexander-Ball, White male (D.O.B. 04-27-91)

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue, 2002 Yamaha motorcycle was driving northbound in the 1300 block of Thornberry Rd. at a high rate of speed. The driver of the motorcycle failed to navigate a sharp curve to head east on to Crozier Ln. and struck a metal gate along the north side of Crozier Ln.  The driver of the motorcycle, Zachary Ryan Alexander-Ball, was pronounced decease at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #56 – Car vs Pedestrian (fail to stop)

APD Case:   17-3041428
Date:             Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time:             8:38 p.m.
Location:      Chicon and Willow streets
Deceased:     Marcos Mauricio Morales, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 8-30-72)

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue, Ford pickup truck was driving southbound on Chicon Street when it struck a pedestrian who was walking in a southeast direction in the intersection of Chicon and Willow streets. After striking the pedestrian, the Ford truck briefly stopped but then fled the scene southbound on Chicon St. without stopping and rendering aid to the pedestrian. The pedestrian, identified as Mauricio Marcos Morales, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he died a short time later.

Traffic Fatality #55 – Car vs Motorcycle (ran red light)

APD Case:   17-3021271
Date:             Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time:            6:14 p.m.
Location:      Intersection of E. 7th and Comal Street
Deceased:    Starlite Stewart, White male, 29 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2010 Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on Comal Street when the driver, who had a green light, entered the intersection to turn left on to 7th Street when the green, 2011 Triumph Motorcycle driven by Stewart ran the red light hitting the left front side of the Toyota. Stewart was transported by EMS to Dell Seton Hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.

Traffic Fatality #54 – Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:    17-3001690
Date:             Friday, October 27, 2017
Time:             9:00 p.m.
Location:       3400 block of South Lamar
Deceased:     Jasper Bailey, Black male, (D.O.B. 6-20-83)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2014 Toyota RAV4 was driving southbound in the center turn lane and a white, 2001 Chevrolet Pickup Truck was driving northbound in the left lane of S. Lamar. The Toyota hit the pedestrian who was wearing all black clothing and standing in the center turn lane. This pushed the pedestrian into the Chevrolet as it passed in the left northbound lane. The drivers of the Toyota and Chevrolet vehicles stopped immediately and called 911, while staying on scene. They have been cooperative with the investigation.  The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #53 – Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:     17-2890294
Date:             Monday, October 16, 2017
Time:             5:57 a.m.
Location:       5000 block of E. Stassney Lane
Deceased:    David Adam Castro, Hispanic male, 28 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that a black, 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, traveling eastbound, in the inside lane of the 5000 block of E. Stassney Lane, struck and killed Castro who was lying in the roadway along the north curb line. The driver remained at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #52 – Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:  17-2861375
Date:             Friday, October 13, 2017
Time:             5:42 p.m.
Location:      100 block of Robert T. Martinez Jr. St.
Deceased:    Epifanio Jimenez-Garcia, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 4-7-56)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling northbound in the 100 block of Robert T. Martinez Jr. Street, when a pedestrian walked into its path. The pedestrian was crossing from east to west without looking to see if vehicles were approaching.  The pedestrian was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he died as a result of his injuries on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 10:28 a.m.

Traffic Fatality #51 – Car vs Pedestrian 

APD Case:   17-2850475
Date:             Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time:             8:35 a.m.
Location:       E. Cesar Chavez/NB I-35 Ramp
Deceased:    Delta Olin, White female, 49 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that a dark-colored 1999 Ford Van and a white 2016 VW Station Wagon were travelling northbound in the 100 block of the east frontage road when they entered the intersection against a yellow light to turn left on to westbound E. Cesar Chavez at which time the van struck the station wagon. The van lost control and breached the raised curb on the northwest corner fatally striking the victim who was sleeping under the I-35 overpass. The driver remained at the scene

Travis County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Car

Date:             October 8, 2017, Sunday
Time:            10:55 pm
Location:     Blake Manor Road, south of Hogg Eye Road, east Travis County
Deceased:     Roberto Antonio Cruz Argueta, from Elgin, 17

According to the DPS, Roberto Antonio Cruz Argueta, 17, from Elgin was driving a 2003 Acura 32T and traveling south on Blake Manor Road, south of Hogg Eye Road, when about 10:55 p.m. he skidded into the northbound lane. A 2006 Saturn Ion traveling north on Blake Manor Road then struck Cruz Argueta’s Acura on the left side, officials said. Cruz Argueta, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. The driver of the Saturn, 37-year-old Cecilia Olguin Maldonado, from Austin, was also injured.

Traffic Fatality #49 – Car vs Bicycle

APD Case:            17-2650203
Date:            Friday, September 22, 2017
Time:            2:28 a.m.
Location:      600 block W. 5th Street
Deceased:    Justin Richard Shapiro, White male, 05/21/1984

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue 2006 Dodge Caravan was traveling east bound in the 600 block of W. 5th Street. A bicyclist exited a private driveway on the north side of W. 5th Street and turned west bound (wrong way on a one-way) and was struck head on by the Dodge Caravan.  The bicyclist was transported by Austin/Travis County EMS to Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. He died as a result of his injuries Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:16 a.m.

Traffic Fatality #48 – Car vs Car

APD Case:   17-2680216
Date:            Monday, September 25, 2017
Time:            5:14 a.m.
Location:      5500 Block of N. Capital of Texas Hwy Southbound
Deceased:    Brandon Keith Martinez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 8-20-83)

The preliminary investigation shows that a black 2014 Chevrolet Camaro was stopped in the outside lane at the red light on southbound N. Capital of Texas Highway at Courtyard Drive when Brandon Martinez, driving a white 2013 Cadillac, struck the Camaro from behind. The Cadillac ended up in the inside lane where it was hit on the driver’s side by a southbound white 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.    Brandon Martinez was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Traffic Fatality #47 – Car vs Car (Failed to Yield)

APD Case:    17-2450905
Date:             Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time:             2 p.m.
Location:      East Riverside Dr. and Willow Creek Dr.
Deceased:    Josefa (Josie) Torres, Hispanic female, (D.O.B. 8-28-40)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2013 Honda CRV was traveling westbound on East Riverside Dr. A tan 2003 Nissan Altima was traveling eastbound on East Riverside Drive and attempting to turn northbound into a private driveway at the Willow Creek intersection. The Altima failed to yield right of way turning left. The Honda CRV struck the Altima’s right side with its front.  The passenger of the vehicle was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center where she died as a result of her injures on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Traffic Fatality #46 – Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:            17-2500282
Date:             Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time:             5:49 a.m.
Location:       6600 block of McNeil Dr.
Deceased:     Sterlin Adreon Milam, Black male (D.O.B. 12-3-78)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2012 Dodge Ram was traveling westbound in the 6600 block of McNeil Drive in the outside lane. A pedestrian, identified as Sterlin Adreon Milam, was standing in the roadway when he was struck by the Dodge Ram’s left front.   Sterlin Adreon Milam was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver remained at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #45 – Car vs Truck

APD Case:     17-2361605
Date:             Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time:             8:28 p.m.
Location:      1600 block of IH-35
Deceased:     Frances Berry, White female (D.O.B. 7-22-30)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2002 white Dodge Dakota was traveling in the middle lane of northbound IH-35 when the driver struck a trailer being towed by a truck tractor.  The passenger in the Dodge Dakota, Frances Berry, was transported to the hospital and died as a result of her injuries on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Traffic Fatality #44 – Car vs Car vs Fence

APC Case:   17-2481396
Date:             Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Time:             7:16 p.m.
Location:       4300 Block of U.S. Highway 183 Southbound
Deceased:     Ashley Clark, Black female (D.O.B. 5-28-89)

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver 2006 Jeep Liberty was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 183 when it struck a blue 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, left the roadway and crashed through residential fences.   The driver of the Jeep was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other injuries.

Traffic Fatality #43 – Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:     17-2471532
Date:             Monday, September 4, 2017
Time:             9:40 p.m.
Location:      1500 block of Wells Branch Parkway
Deceased:     Richard Stacy Stader, White male (D.O.B. 1-26-80)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2010 blue Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Wells Branch Parkway at the IH-35 southbound service road when a pedestrian crossed north against the traffic signal and was struck by the driver of the Honda. The driver fled immediately following the crash. The suspect vehicle was located but the driver has yet to be located. The pedestrian, Richard Stacy Stader, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #42– Car vs pole

APD Case:   17-2460227
Date:            Sunday, September 3, 2017
Time:            2:22 a.m.
Location:      North U.S. Highway 183 nb service road and Pecan Park Blvd.
Deceased:    Spencer Bernard Johnson II, Black male (D.O.B. 7-12-84)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2007 beige Kia Spectra was traveling northbound on the U.S. Highway 183 service road, drove through the intersection of Pecan Park Boulevard and struck the steel utility pole at the Northwest corner of the intersection. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #40 – Car vs building (high speed)

APD Case:    17-2260242
Date:             Monday, August 14, 2017
Time:             5:31 a.m.
Location:      6900 N. Lamar Blvd.
Deceased:     Alexander Roderick Hopkins, White male (D.O.B. 1-25-92)

The preliminary investigation shows that a gray 2006 Mazda 6 was traveling southbound on N. Lamar Blvd. at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, exited the west side of the roadway and struck the building at 6900 N. Lamar Blvd. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

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

APD Case:    17-2190051
Date:             Monday, August 7, 2017
Time:             12:35 a.m.
Location:      3600 S. Congress Avenue
Deceased:     Juan Tziquin-Guarcha, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 7-15-86)

The preliminary investigation shows that a dark, unidentified SUV was traveling eastbound on a paved alleyway that leads from the south side of a business on Congress Avenue to South Congress Avenue. The vehicle entered the alleyway from a rear parking lot and struck a pedestrian who was lying down in the alleyway. The vehicle fled the scene after hitting the pedestrian and headed southbound on South Congress Avenue.

Traffic Fatality #38 – Car vs Motorcycle (Failed to Yield)

APD Case:     17-2180064
Date:            Sunday, August 6, 2017
Time:             12:33 a.m.
Location:      2500 S. Lamar Blvd.
Deceased:    Adam Webb, White male (D.O.B. 2-3-83)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2013 black and red Triumph Motorcycle was traveling southbound on S. Lamar Blvd. when a 2009 black Honda Odyssey was attempting to turn left onto S. Lamar Blvd. from Montclaire St. The Honda failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to St. David’s South Austin Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Traffic Fatality #37 – Car vs Car (Speed/Hit and Run)

APD Case:     17-2171698
Date:             Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time:             11:06 p.m.
Location:      William Cannon Drive and Elm Creek Drive
Deceased:    Melvin Omar Garay Chacon, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 10-13-95)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2009 black Chevrolet Silverado was traveling eastbound in the left lane of William Cannon Drive at a very high rate of speed when it hit the driver’s side of a 2010 black Nissan Altima. The Nissan Altima was attempting to turn left on William Cannon Drive from Elm Creek Drive. After the crash, the driver of the Silverado was observed leaving the scene.   The driver of the Altima was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #36 – Car vs Pedestrian (Speed)

APD Case:    17-2151598
Date:             Thursday, August 3, 2017
Time:             9:27 p.m.
Location:      8300 N IH-35 northbound
Deceased:    Kenyae Monique Dixon, Black female (D.O.B. 01/03/92)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2006 red Kia was traveling northbound in the left lane of N IH-35 in the 8300 block at a high rate of speed when they encountered a pedestrian attempting to run across the highway from east to west. The pedestrian was almost struck by a vehicle in the middle lane before running in front of the Kia. The Kia immediately stopped after hitting the pedestrian. The pedestrian, Kenyae Monique Dixon, was pronounced deceased on the scene at 9:37 p.m.

Traffic Fatality #35 -Motorcycle vs fence (Speed)

APD Case:   17-2141370
Date:            Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time:             6:20 p.m.
Location:      1100 Pearl Retreat Lane
Deceased:    Tracy Allen Dam, Asian male (D.O.B. 10/08/68)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2015 red Ducati motorcycle was traveling southbound on Pearl Retreat Lane at a high rate of speed when it pulled alongside of another vehicle travelling southbound and revved the motor. The Ducati motorcycle was traveling southbound in the northbound lane when it accelerated quickly causing the front wheel to lift off ground. The motorcycle lost control while it was on the one wheel. The motorcycle jumped the east curb. The motorcycle continued to travel onto the grass before crossing the street and hitting the fence on the west side of the roadway.  Austin-Travis County E.M.S. transported the driver of the motorcycle, Tracey Allen Dam, to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries at 6:58 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.

Traffic Fatality #34 – Car vs Truck

APD Case:   17-2080502
Date:            Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time:            10:57 p.m.
Location:      800 Bastrop Highway
Deceased:    George Melvin, White male, (D.O.B 02/16/29)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2001 International dump truck and a 2003 gold Buick LeSabre were traveling southbound on Bastrop Highway. The International dump truck changed lanes to the right and struck the Buick LeSabre causing it to spin out of control into the median between north and south bound Bastrop Highway. Melvin, the passenger in the LeSabre, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center by Austin-Travis County E.M.S. He died as a result of his injuries at 4:10 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Traffic Fatality #33 – Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:   17-1981784
Date:             Monday, July 17, 2017
Time:            10:57 p.m.
Location:      800 East Braker Lane
Deceased:    Michael James Trujillo, Hispanic Male (D.O.B 10/26/82)

The preliminary investigation shows that a red 2008 Ford Escape was traveling westbound in the left lane of East Braker Ln. Two pedestrians crossed in front of the Escape, one of the pedestrians was hit by the vehicle. The pedestrians were crossing mid-block. There was not an intersection or crosswalk for them to be in.  Trujillo, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center by Austin-Travis County E.M.S. He died as a result of his injuries at 12:48 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Traffic Fatality #32 – Car vs Truck

APD Case:    17-1941615
Date:             Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time:             8:59 p.m.
Location:      N. Capital of Texas Highway and Courtyard Drive
Deceased:    Robert David Register, White male (D.O.B. 11-10-87)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2007 Kenworth Dump Truck was traveling southbound in the left lane of N. Capital of Texas Highway when it struck a gray 2016 Ford Mustang on the passenger side at the intersection of N. Capital of Texas Highway and Courtyard Drive. The dump truck and the mustang continued southbound through the intersection and struck a parked, unattended, gray 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan before coming to its final rest.  The driver of the mustang, Robert David Register, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center by Austin-Travis County E.M.S. He died as a result of his injuries at 11:05 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017. This case is still being investigated.

Traffic Fatality #31 – Car vs Guardrail

APD Case:            17-1890048
Date:             Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time:             12:30 a.m.
Location:      8500 FM 2222
Deceased:    Daniel Joseph Rayos, White male (D.O.B. 12-27-85)

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver 2008 Nissan Sentra was traveling southbound in the 8500 block of FM 2222 when it drifted off the right side of the roadway and struck the end of the guard rail head-on.  The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Williamson County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Car

Date:             Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time:            12:15 am
Location:  Texas 45 near CR 172
Deceased:     unknown

A man died on Tuesday morning and a woman was seriously injured after being run over by a truck hauling a boat in Round Rock.  Williamson County sheriff’s office said incident unfolded around 12:15 a.m. when the woman, identified by authorities as Heather Harvey, began arguing with a man inside the truck on Texas 45 near CR 172.Joe Harvey, Heather’s brother, was driving the truck when the argument began, and three others were also in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies said the driver pulled over, and Heather and the other victim got out and continued arguing. At some point, Joe Harvey got back into the truck and began to drive off. “Both male and female were knocked down, and as the vehicle drove off the tires of the truck and boat ran over both victims,” the sheriff’s office said. The man, who has not yet been identified, died at the scene, and Heather Harvey was rushed St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center with serious internal injuries, authorities said.

Travis County Traffic Fatality   – Motorcycle vs Cars

Date:             Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time:            6:38 pm
Location:     10600 block of Deer Canyon Road, near FM 1431
Deceased:     Denise Lynn Coonrod, 62, of Jonestown

First responders tried to save a woman trapped under a vehicle in Jonestown, Thursday evening. Denise Lynn Coonrod, 62, of Jonestown, died at the scene.  The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says she died when a vehicle being repaired in the Panoramic Hills RV Park malfunctioned and trapped her underneath. Austin-Travis County EMS medics, who were called at 6:38 p.m. to the 10600 block of Deer Canyon Road, near FM 1431, worked to extricate the woman from the vehicle.

Williamson County Traffic Fatality   – Motorcycle vs Cars

Date:             June 23, 2017
Time:            6:15 am
Location:     Highway 79 at Limmer Loop
Deceased:     Arthur Thomas Simmons Jr, 62

A 62-year-old has died after a crash along Highway 79 in Williamson County Friday morning, according to authorities. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said the westbound lanes of Highway 79 were closed at Limmer Loop for some time. Williamson County’s sheriff said three vehicles and one motorcycle was involved in the crash.  According to Texas Department of Public Safety, Arthur Thomas Simmons Jr. died in the crash.

Williamson County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Car  (Failure to Render Aid)

Date:             June 17, 2017
Time:            9:45 pm
Location:    12200 block of Interstate 35 in Jarrell
Deceased:     Elizabeth Griffet, 50
Arrested :       Aramis Guerra, 21, of The Woodlands

A man is accused of leaving the scene of a wreck after he collided with another driver in Jarrell who died of her injuries about three months later, according to an arrest affidavit. Aramis Guerra, 21, of The Woodlands with failure to stop and render aid in an accident. Fifty-year-old Elizabeth Griffet, who was in criticial condition and on life support after the wreck, died Sept. 22, the affidavit said. Witnesses told police that at 9:45 p.m. June 17, they saw a Range Rover traveling more than 110 mph rear-end a Ford-150 pickup in the 12200 block of Interstate 35 in Jarrell.  The driver of the Land Rover, later identified as Guerra, did not stop.  Guerra was released from the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $200,000.

Traffic Fatality #29 – Car vs Car (Head On)

APD Case:  17-1611733
Date:            Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time:            10:27 p.m.
Location:      1300 West Anderson Lane
Deceased:     Daniel R. Sullins, White male (D.O.B. 07/22/1958)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2015 Toyota Tacoma was driving eastbound in the left lane of W. Anderson Lane. A 2000 blue Honda Civic was driving westbound in the left lane of W. Anderson Lane. The Honda Civic veered to the left across the turn lane and into the path of Toyota Tacoma, crashing into the front of the vehicle. The driver of the Civic, Daniel R. Sullins, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #28C -Car vs Car (Ran Red Light)

APD Case:   17-1560274
Date:             Monday, June 5, 2017
Time:             6:15 a.m.
Location:      FM 973 and SH 71 Westbound Service road
Deceased:    Garcia, Juan Narciso, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 01-29-71)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2011 Ford F-350 was driving westbound in the center lane of the E. SH 71 westbound service road. A blue 2006 Ford Mustang was driving southbound in the left lane of FM 973 and ran the red light at the E. SH 71 westbound service road. This caused the F-350 to strike the blue mustang’s left side with its front.  The driver of the Mustang, Juan Narciso Garcia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #27 – Car vs Tree (Wrong Side)

APD Case:     17-1501748
Date:               Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time:               9:18 p.m.
Location:       400 E. William Cannon Dr.
Deceased:     Ramirez, Emmanuel Castro, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 3-4-83)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 1999 blue Chevrolet Tahoe was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of William Cannon Dr. in the 400 block when the blue Tahoe drove onto the center median striking a sign and metal light pole. The Tahoe continued on a southeast path as it rolled and flipped numerous times before hitting a tree and damaging a metal fence on the southern side of William Cannon Dr. The driver of the Tahoe was not restrained and was ejected during the crash.  The driver, who was identified as Emmanuel Castro Ramirez, was transported to St. David’s South Austin Hospital by Austin-Travis County EMS, where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 4:03 p.m.

Traffic Fatality #26 –  Car vs Truck

APD Case:    17-1210792
Date:               Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:               12:02 p.m.
Location:        3800 block of Airport Blvd.
Deceased:     Halsell, Deborah Ann, Hispanic female, (D.O.B. 01-06-65)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2014 purple Freightliner truck was traveling southbound in the 3800 block of Airport Blvd. in the center lane and slowing to stop for a red light at the intersection of 38 ½ St. A 2011 white Ford Expedition failed to keep assured clear distance and struck the Freightliner’s trailer from behind.    The driver of the Expedition, who has been identified as Deborah Ann Halsell, was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital and was pronounced deceased at 12:59 p.m.

Traffic Fatality #25 –  Pedestrian vs Car

APD Case:  17-1170279
Date:               Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time:               6:23 a.m.
Location:        2500 block E. Stassney Ln.
Deceased:       Duke, Bobby Joe, White male (D.O.B. 5-24-68)

The preliminary investigation shows that a Capital Metro bus was traveling westbound in the 2500 block of E. Stassney Ln. in the outside lane and had just stopped at a bus stop.    A pedestrian exited the bus and ran in front of the bus across E. Stassney Ln. and was struck by a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado which was traveling westbound in the inside lane. The pedestrian was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

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

APD Case:  17-1191031
Date:              Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time:              3:52 p.m.
Location:       4500 block E. William Cannon Dr.
Deceased:     Lugo, Kris Anthony, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 3-28-88)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling westbound in the 4500 block of William Cannon Dr. at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control, causing the vehicle to roll and come to rest upside down. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this crash.   The three other occupants inside of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries.

Bastrop County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Car (Intoxicated Manslaughter)

Date:             Saturday, April 22, 1017
Time:            6:30 pm
Location:       Texas 21 and South Shore Road northeast of Bastrop
Deceased:     Alicia Koegler, 64,  of Austin
Arrested:     Taylor Richard Tate, 29 of Bastrop

Taylor Richard Tate, 29, was booked into the Bastrop County Jail on one count of intoxication manslaughter. According to the Tx DPS, Tate was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Bastrop County on Saturday that killed 64-year-old Alicia Koegler of Austin. The collision occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Texas 21 and South Shore Road northeast of Bastrop. Authorities say Tate was driving west on Texas 21 in a Ford Mustang when he struck the rear of a Chevrolet Equinox that was turning west onto the state highway. The Chevy’s driver, Willam Eugene Koegler, 68, was seriously injured and taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge. His passenger, Alicia Koegler was pronounced dead on the scene. Tate was not injured, authorities said. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter, on $200,000 bail.

Traffic Fatality #22 – Car vs Car (Head On)

APD Case:    17-1071522
Date:             Monday, April 17, 2017
Time:             7:19 p.m.
Location:      3700 block of Manor Rd.
Deceased:     David, Nancy-Jane, White female (D.O.B. 12-11-95)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2009 Yamaha was traveling southbound on Manor Road and a yellow 1999 GMC was traveling northbound in the 3700 block of Manor Road. For unknown reasons, the Yamaha began to swerve and then went into the northbound lanes of Manor Road. The Yamaha struck the GMC head-on. The driver of the Yamaha was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #21 – Car vs Car (Head On)

APD Case:     17-0980393
Date:             Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:             8:02 a.m.
Location:      9100 block of W. SH 71
Deceased:   Ammeter, Amanda, White female (D.O.B. 6-1-94)
Hernandez-Vasquez, Aurelio, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 12-02-57)

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue 2016 Mazda 3 was traveling eastbound on W. SH 71 and a black 2004 Dodge Ram was traveling westbound. For unknown reasons, the Mazda swerved to the right and struck the Ram head-on in the inside lane of the 9100 block of W. SH 71. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger in the Ram was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with multiple injuries.

Traffic Fatality #20 – Car vs Car (Wrong Way, Intoxication)

APD Case:    17-0980238
Date:             Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:             3:09 a.m.
Location:      3400 block of South SH 130
Deceased:     Escobar, Robert Castillo, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 3-31-75)
Luna, Abel, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 3-15-79)

The preliminary investigation shows that a gray 2006 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of SH 130. A white 1998 Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound in the southbound lanes of SH 130. The Corolla hit the 4Runner head-on in the 3400 block of S SH 130. The driver of the Corolla as pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 4Runner was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. Intoxication is suspected as being a factor in this crash.

Traffic Fatality #19 – Car vs Pedestrian (Hit and Run)

APD Case:   17-0941734
Date:             Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time:             9:06 p.m.
Location:      700 block of East William Cannon Dr.
Deceased:     Hollan, Sam Rhea, White male (D.O.B. 12-09-60)

The preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian was crossing midblock on E. William Cannon Dr. in the 700 block when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The pedestrian was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The unknown vehicle fled the scene.

Traffic Fatality #18 –  Car vs Car

APD Case:   17-0890705
Date:             Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:             11:12 a.m.
Location:        U.S. Highway 290 westbound frontage at Cameron Rd.
Deceased:      Elizabeth Durst, White female 85 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue 2013 Chevrolet Sonic was traveling northbound on Cameron Road was hit by a blue 2007 Chevrolet pickup who was traveling westbound on the frontage road of Highway 290. The driver and passenger of the Sonic were transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital.  The passenger was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving to the hospital.

Traffic Fatality #17 – Car vs Bicycle (Intoxication)

APD Case:    17-0871629
Date:             Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time:            7:25 p.m.
Location:      1800 block of S. 1st St.
Deceased:    Frank Machacek, White male (D.O.B. 4-14-69)

The preliminary investigation shows that a black 2017 Subaru Forester was traveling southbound in the 1800 block of South 1st St. in the left lane. A bicyclist was attempting to cross South 1st from east to west and appeared from an alley on the east side of the roadway.  The bicyclist failed to yield right of way, crossed the northbound lanes and continued as he rode in front of the Subaru. The driver of the Subaru immediately stopped and remained on scene after hitting the bicyclist. After further investigation by a DWI Enforcement Officer, the driver of the Subaru was arrested for DWI. The bicyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Traffic Fatality #16 – Car vs Pedestrian  (Pedestrian in Roadway)

APD Case:    17-0830563
Date:             March 24, 2017
Time:             8:56 a.m.
Location:      1830 block E. Anderson Ln.
Deceased:    Ronnie Lee Hall, White male, 8-28-51

The preliminary investigation shows a 2004 silver Volvo S60 was traveling eastbound in the 1830 block of E. Anderson Ln. at the east to westbound turn around. The pedestrian, Ronnie Lee Hall, was crossing mid-block eastbound when he was struck by the Volvo’s right front side. Hall was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital with critical injuries. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on March 24, 2017 at 8:19 p.m.  Hall had five previous convictions of Pedestrian in the Roadway offenses.

Traffic Fatality #15 – Car vs Pedestrian

APD Case:    17-0780309
Date:             Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time:            2:30 a.m.
Location:      11600 block of Burnet Rd.
Deceased:    Tahjai Lamar Jackson, Black male, D.O.B. 11-8-94

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2007 red Toyota Camry was traveling northbound in the 11600 block of Burnet Rd., in the outside lane. A pedestrian, Tahjai Lamar Jackson, was crossing Burnet Rd. from east to west and was struck by the Camry. Tahjai was transported to Round Rock Medical Center, where he remained until March 24, 2017, when he succumbed to his injuries.

Travis County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Car

Date:             July 14, 2017
Time: 
Location:       Texas 71 in Garfield
Deceased:     unknown, 60 year old male

A man in his 60s is dead and a woman in her 70s was critically injured on Texas 71 in Garfield after a Dodge pickup T-boned a Chevy car turning at a crossover, authorities said Friday.  The Chevy turned into the path of the pickup, which driving west on Texas 71, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robbie Barrera said. The pickup struck the Chevy on the passenger side, killing the male passenger, Austin-Travis County EMS said. A woman in her 70s was critically injured and taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. Medics said four other people were involved in the crash, but seem to not have needed treatment, EMS said.

Travis County Traffic Fatality   –  Motorcycle

Date:             June 11, 2017
Time:             4:15 pm
Location:       FM 973 just south of 969
Deceased:     unknown, man in his 20s

A motorcyclist was killed and another person was injured in a crash in East Travis County Saturday afternoon. The crash happened on FM 973 just south of 969 around 4:15 pm near the Travis County Expo Center, where the Republic of Texas Biker Rally was being held. Travis County Sheriff’s said the driver of the motorcycle a man in his 20s died at the scene. EMS said a woman also in her 20s was thrown from the bike and was taken to the hospital with critical-life threatening injuries.

Two people are dead after a traffic crash Thursday night in southwest Travis County.  The two-vehicle crash happened near the intersection of Hwy 290 W and Scenic Brook Drive, about two miles west of the Hwy 71 intersection.  The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says a 2013 Jaguar was driving west on 290 when it crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic. The driver of the other vehicle, a 2001 Honda, tried to take evasive action but still crashed into the Jaguar.  The crash left the driver of the Jaguar, 58-year-old Robbi Lynn Sluder of Austin and the driver of the Honda, 49-year-old Brian Tobias Sudduth, dead.  Austin-Travis County EMS says four children were transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center — one with serious, potentially critical injuries and three with potentially serious injuries.

Texas Leads the Nation in Highway Fatalities

AUSTIN, Texas — In 2015, more people died on Texas roads than in any other state and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that number is on the rise for the fifth year in a row.  Over 3,000 highway crashes in Texas were fatal last year, and 175,000 caused serious injury.   The Insurance Council of Texas says newcomers unfamiliar with state highways and speed limits may have something to do with that. But, the best thing to do is drive defensively.

“Texas has more traffic on our roadways. We’ve got lower gasoline prices, people continue to use alcohol, distracted driving is playing a major factor, all those contribute to a record rise and a record number,” said Mark Hanna, Insurance Council of Texas.  Statistics show Texas also leads the country in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities with California coming in a distant second.

Travis County Traffic Fatality   – Motorcycle vs Car

Date:             January 28, 2017
Time:              6:07 pm
Location:       West Highway 71 and Serene Hills Drive, near Lakeway
Deceased:     unknown

Travis County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Car (Head-on – Wrong way)

Date:             January 28, 2017
Time:              12:30 a.m.
Location:       5300 block of east State Highway 71, near Wolf Lane
Deceased:     unknown, 30 yoa

A man is dead and several others are injured after a crash early Saturday morning.  It happened at the 5300 block of east State Highway 71, near Wolf Lane, in eastern Travis County just after 12:30 a.m.  According to Austin-Travis County EMS, a man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene. Medics took a man in his 20s to South Austin Medical Center with potentially serious injuries. EMS also transported three children to Dell Medical Children’s Hospital and two other adults were sent to St. David’s Hospital and are expected to be OK.

Bastrop County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Tree

Date:             January 25, 2017
Time:             7:30 am
Location:       FM 2104 and Coyote Trail – Smithville, Bastrop Co.
Deceased:     John Rosales, 60
Mage Rosales, 60, and Bernice Rivera, 52

Three are dead in Bastrop County after the car they were in hit a tree Wednesday morning.  The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on FM 2104 and Coyote Trail. DPS says John Rosales, 60, of Smithville was driving northbound in a 2009 Pontiac G6 when he suddenly veered into the southbound lane. The car then hit a barbed wire fence before running into a tree.  The driver, along with his two passengers, Mage Rosales, 60, and Bernice Rivera, 52, all died at the scene. Authorities say both Rosales’ were wearing seatbelts.  A male and female in the front seat were wearing seatbelts. A female in the backseat did not have a seatbelt.

Williamson County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Bicyclist (Hit and Run)

Date:             January 23, 2017
Time:             After 5:00 p.m.
Location:       2300 block of Patriot Way , Georgetown
Deceased:     Tommy Ketterhagen, 19

Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle that struck and killed a teen cyclist in Georgetown on Monday afternoon.  Georgetown police tell KVUE that Tommy Ketterhagen, 19, was cycling along the 2300 block of Patriot Way after 5 p.m. Monday when he was struck by a vehicle. He was reported missing around 10 p.m. Monday and police said Ketterhagen’s body was found along the road Tuesday morning.  Ketterhagen was a graduate of East View High School.

Travis County Traffic Fatality   – Car vs Car (Head-on)

Date:             January 20, 2017
Time:              7:40 a.m.
Location:       FM 1431 near Lago Vista
Deceased:     Brian M. Young, 50

A man died in a crash Friday morning near Lago Vista,  Department of Public Safety said.  Brian M. Young, 50, died after the crash around 7:40 a.m.  The other driver, who survived the crash, was pulling a trailer with his pickup truck down FM 1431 when Young, who was heading toward him, suddenly veered into his lane.  Young hit the trailer, and a steel rod from the trailer flew into Young’s car, troopers determined.