Police identify driver killed on icy section of Texas 71 on Tuesday

Jan 03, 2018
American-Statesman Staff
Austin-Travis County EMS medics respond to a deadly crash on Texas 71 near Bee Cave during rush hour on Tuesday. Officials said icy roads may have been at least one factor in the crash. Photo courtesy of Austin-Travis County EMS.

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.