Police identify 2 children killed in crash near Cedar Park Walmart


Police ID 2 children killed in crash

Police have identified two children killed in a crash on Wednesday in Cedar Park near Walmart as 8-year-old Elijah Chaudhary and one-year-old Daniel Chaudhary.

Zara Salman, 31, who was driving the 2016 Nissan that the children were in, remained in critical condition Thursday at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

Police said the Nissan collided with a 2008 pickup truck at W. Whitestone Boulevard and Walton Way at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. The driver and passenger in the truck were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Chaudharys died at the scene. Elijah Chaudhary attended Winkley Elementary School in Leander, police said.

“Leander ISD is grieving the loss of one of our students in an auto accident, and our hearts go out to the student’s family,” said Matt Mitchell, a spokesman for the Leander School District.

District officials said counseling support will be available for staff and students.

Police said Thursday they couldn’t confirm how Salman was related to the children who died.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the crash happened. Witnesses are asked to call 512-260-4834.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman


Police: Man punched boy, toddler on street

Austin police have accused a man of attacking two children on the same block in Southeast Austin last month, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Authorities booked Qvontay McKnight, 23, into the Travis County Jail last week on two counts of injury to a child. He remained in jail on Thursday with bail set at $85,000.

In an arrest affidavit, a man told police that he was walking with his 5-year-old nephew on Dec. 29 to a gas station on the 1200 block of Montopolis Drive and paused to catch his breath after running across the street.

The pair told Austin police that they saw a man — later identified by officers as McKnight — charging towards them, yelling.

According to the affidavit, Armendarez said McKnight bent over as he approached, swung at and hit his nephew, and then kept running.

Austin police said in the affidavit that the description of the suspect in the Dec. 29 attack was nearly identical to an attack on a 3-year-old on the same block on Dec. 4.

Both the man and his nephew picked McKnight out of a photo lineup, detectives wrote in the affidavit.

— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman


Credit card skimmer found in gas pump

Texas Department of Agriculture inspectors found and removed Thursday a credit card skimmer at a 7-Eleven fuel pump in North Austin, officials said.

The device was found at a pump at the convenience store at 9061 Research Blvd., officials said.

“The fuel station was unaware of the device’s presence and is not implicated in any illegal activity with regards to this device,” Department of Agriculture officials said in a statement Thursday.

Skimmers are devices that are secretly installed to steal customers’ credit card information when they purchase gas at the fuel pump. The devices have become so widespread in the area that Travis County sheriff’s officials in October urged motorists to avoid paying for gas at the pump.

— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman

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