Child, trooper injured in crash involving school bus, DPS patrol car


EAST AUSTIN

Child, trooper hospitalized after crash

A child and a state trooper were hospitalized Monday after a crash involving a school bus, a Department of Public Safety vehicle and a third vehicle, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

One child on the school bus had injuries that are not serious or life threatening, EMS officials said. The DPS trooper was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, they said.

The crash happened around 4:43 p.m. on Springdale Road and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, EMS officials said.

For an unknown reason, the DPS trooper rear-ended an SUV as he was turning left onto Springdale Road, DPS officials said. The trooper then struck a KIPP Austin School Bus, which was stopped at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Springdale Road.

Forty people were on the school bus at the time, 39 of them children, EMS officials said.

The SUV driver was slightly injured but was not hospitalized, DPS officials said.

DPS is investigating the crash, officials said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

CENTRAL AUSTIN

Police: Woman tied to 4 Subway robberies near UT

A woman accused by Austin police of robbing a Subway restaurant near the University of Texas is facing additional charges after she was linked to three other Subway robberies in the area, records show.

Dietra Lashell Lee, 42, was arrested Feb. 8 for a robbery at the Subway on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and San Antonio Street, after police said she handed an employee a note that said “I have a gun. Give me the cash in the drawer. I’ll shoot,” and fled with money and cookies.

Lee has since been tied to robberies at three other Subway restaurants, including two at a location in the Dobie dormitory on 20th and Guadalupe streets, first on Jan. 19 and again on Jan. 22, and a third at a location on 24th and San Antonio streets on Jan. 19, arrest affidavits show.

In three of the robberies, police said Lee went to the register and asked to buy a cookie, then handed a note to the employee demanding money or she would shoot. During the final robbery on Feb. 2, she showed the employee “a bulge in the waistband of her pants,” an arrest affidavit says.

Lee was later stopped by officers about two blocks away from the scene of the final robbery with a flashlight in her pants and a cookie in her possession, the affidavit says. Using video surveillance and because the robber used the same method in all of the cases, police tied her to all four incidents, the document says.

Lee remained in the Travis County Jail on Tuesday on four charges of robbery by threat, a second degree felony, records show. Her bail is set at $200,000.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman



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