You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Police ID cyclist killed, driver accused of drunken driving


EAST AUSTIN

Police ID cyclist killed in crash

A bicyclist who died Tuesday night after being hit by a vehicle has been identified as 53-year-old Charlie Bunton Jr., according to the Travis County medical examiner.

Bunton was riding his bike on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Scottsdale Road, just east of Springdale Road, around 11:45 p.m. when he was hit, police said.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics arrived at the scene within a few minutes of the crash and began performing CPR to try to save Bunton’s life, but he died from his injuries.

Investigators shut down traffic on Martin Luther King for several hours while they investigated the crash.

Austin police said the driver who hit Bunton, identified as 38-year-old Joshua Christopher Brosemer, stayed at the scene and was arrested under suspicion of drunken driving.

Representatives of Bike Austin released a statement on Wednesday, sending their condolences to Bunton’s family, but scolding Austin police for blaming the cyclist, at least in part, for the crash.

“In interviews following the crash, members of the Austin Police Department seemed to place the blame for the crash on the bicyclist, who reportedly wasn’t wearing adequate reflective equipment,” the statement said. “Too often, bicyclists and pedestrians are scapegoated by law enforcement when a fatal or incapacitating crash occurs.”

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

NORTHWEST AUSTIN

Police: Woman injured after van thief hits her twice

A woman sitting in her vehicle was injured Wednesday after the driver of a stolen van hit her car twice, including once after police had stunned him near the drive-through lane of an Austin fast food restaurant, an arrest affidavit said.

The driver of the stolen van, Rocky Wayne Huff, 26, of Manor, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a vehicle. The assault charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The unauthorized use of a vehicle charge is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in prison.

The affidavit said the incident began when authorities in Round Rock “asked Austin police for help in finding a stolen 2017 Dodge van they had tracked to Austin.”

Austin police officers found the stolen van around 9:31 a.m. Tuesday in line behind two other cars in the drive-through lane of a Jack in the Box restaurant near McNeil Drive and San Felipe Boulevard, the affidavit said.

When the officers confronted the driver, later identified as Huff, he turned the wheels of the stolen van and crashed into the rear of a Dodge Charger parked in front.

Huff then put the vehicle in reverse and rammed into another car parked behind him, the affidavit said. When Huff began to drive the vehicle forward again, the officer caught up, broke one of the stolen vehicle’s windows with his baton and used his stun gun on Huff, the affidavit said.

The van continued to move forward and bumped into the same Dodge Charger it had already hit once, according to the affidavit. Huff was arrested afterward, the document said.

The driver of the Dodge Charger that was hit twice later told police she had pain in one of her shoulders, the affidavit said.

Huff was being held in the Williamson County Jail Wednesday with bail set at $60,000.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Parents question man who legally brought gun into trampoline park
Parents question man who legally brought gun into trampoline park

A Georgia man who legally took his handgun into a popular trampoline was not breaking the law, but some parents are questioning the man’s decision. >> Read more trending news Police were called to a Skyzone indoor trampoline park in Roswell on Sunday afternoon. The general manager reported that a man brought a gun inside and proceeded to...
Florida man buys pancakes, eats them in city crosswalk
Florida man buys pancakes, eats them in city crosswalk

A Florida man who went to an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday and ordered pancakes decided to enjoy his meal in the crosswalk of a busy street, the Lakeland Ledger reported. While the action drew plenty of laughter from witnesses, police in the Florida city located between Tampa and Orlando were not amused. >> Read more trending news Kiaron Thomas...
TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare
TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare

Television advertisements thanking Republican representatives for repealing the Affordable Care Act on Friday has the conservative American Action Network PAC slightly red-faced. >> Read more trending news President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership suffered a major setback in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act...
Florida sinkhole caused by unexpected culprits
Florida sinkhole caused by unexpected culprits

The culprits behind a 7-foot-deep Florida sinkhole might not be what you’d expect. >> Read more trending news It seems beavers appear to be behind the Walton County hole that has closed a road by Alligator Lake, according to Northwest Florida Daily News.  "We've always had problems with beavers where we don't have a bridge...
Woman who tried to jump White House fence dangles by shoelaces
Woman who tried to jump White House fence dangles by shoelaces

A woman from Washington state was arrested Tuesday night when she was found by Secret Service agents dangling by her shoelaces from the White House fence, NBC News reported. >> Read more trending news Marci Anderson Wahl, of Everett, Washington, pleaded not guilty and was released on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful entry Wednesday in D...
More Stories