Police ID driver killed on icy road
A man who died Tuesday evening after spinning out of control on an icy bridge on Texas 71 in western Travis County has been identified as 41-year-old Michael Charles Roeder.
Bee Cave Police Chief Gary Miller said Roeder was headed east on the highway around 5 p.m. when he drove onto an elevated section of the road.
“It appears that ice had formed on the bridge and he lost control of his vehicle and spun into the westbound lanes, where he was struck by at least one other vehicle,” Miller said, adding that the vehicle rolled over and Roeder was partially thrown out.
Several other vehicles were involved in the crash, but no one else was seriously hurt, Miller said.
The crash was one of many in the area as icy conditions began to spread throughout Travis and surrounding counties.
Cedar Park police diverted traffic from U.S. 183A and Texas 45 toll roads, and authorities shut down RM 1431 after another crash on an icy overpass.
Ice began popping after precipitation fell in the area around 3:45 p.m., and by 6 p.m., Austin-Travis County EMS had been called out to 30 crashes in Travis County.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
3 accused in ATM robberies arrested
Authorities Wednesday arrested three people in Austin and Cedar Park who are accused of engaging in ATM thefts and robberies throughout the state, Austin police said.
A team of Austin and Houston police arrested one of the suspects after stopping a vehicle traveling southbound on U.S. 183 near MoPac Boulevard, police said.
The two other suspects were arrested in Cedar Park, Austin police said.
One of the suspects is about 17 years old and the two others are believed to be in their 20s, officials said.
Austin police said those arrested will be charged with conspiracy to commit theft and be booked into the Williamson County Jail.
It is unclear why Houston police participated in the arrests. Austin police declined to share further details of the investigation.
— Katie Hall, American-Statesman
5 escape uninjured from house fire
A quick-moving fire consumed a Southeast Austin home late Tuesday but all five residents — three adults and two children — escaped without injury, authorities said.
Austin firefighters rushed to the scene on the 11900 block of Underwood Drive in Mustang Ridge shortly after 10:30 p.m.
The fire apparently stemmed from a cookout using propane in the garage and quickly spread to the rest of the house, Division Chief Thayer Smith said.
— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman