BLOTTER: Man killed, 2 injured after Southeast Austin crash, EMS says


SOUTHEAST AUSTIN

EMS: Man killed, two injured after crash

A man was killed and two women were taken to the hospital after a crash in Southeast Austin early Tuesday, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Medics responded around 6:35 a.m. to the 500 block of South Pleasant Valley Road, just south of Cesar Chavez Street, EMS officials said.

According to Austin police, the man who was killed had crossed into oncoming northbound traffic on South Pleasant Valley and hit two other vehicles. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

The man, described by medics as in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two women in the other vehicles were taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening, medics said.

The incident prompted authorities to temporarily close all lanes from South Lakeshore Boulevard to Canterbury Street north of Lady Bird Lake.

— Kelsey Bradshaw, American-Statesman

NORTH AUSTIN

Police identify woman found dead on road

Austin police are investigating whether a woman who was found dead on a North Austin road Friday night was killed when she was run over by a bus or had died before the incident.

Police said her wounds are consistent with being struck by a vehicle, and it’s unclear whether anyone else had hit her before the bus.

Police responded to a call at 11:47 p.m. and found 27-year-old Zenaida Mae Adair dead in the 5900 block of Middle Fiskville Road. The bus ran over Adair while she was lying on the road, and the bus driver stayed at the scene after hitting her, police said.

A reward of up to $1,000 is available to anyone who shares information about this case that leads to an arrest. Contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-893-8477 to leave an anonymous tip.

Anyone seeking to share general information about the case can contact Austin police vehicular homicide detectives at 512-974-8544.

Adair is the 43rd person to die in traffic-related incidents in Austin this year, police said. Authorities had reported 42 traffic fatalities at this time in 2017.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

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NORTHEAST AUSTIN

Police ID motorcyclist killed in crash

Austin police have identified a motorcyclist killed earlier this month in a crash in Northeast Austin as 46-year-old Patrick Hilliard.

Police said Hilliard was driving north on Vintage Hills Drive near U.S. 183 and Manor Road shortly before 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a dumpster.

Medics took him to Dell Seton Medical Center, where he died shortly after, police said.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

NORTH AUSTIN

Police ID woman, 48, killed in early Saturday crash

Austin police have identified a woman who died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday in North Austin as 48-year-old Felecia Daniels.

Police said Daniels was speeding north on the Interstate 35 service road near Parmer Lane at around 12:30 a.m. when she veered off the road for unknown reasons, causing the vehicle to flip several times.

Daniels was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries, officials said.

No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash, police said.

Daniel’s is the 42nd person to die in a traffic-related incident in Austin this year, officials said.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

SOUTH AUSTIN

Motorcyclist critically injured after crash

A motorcyclist was critically injured after a crash Monday afternoon on Manchaca Road, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

The man, estimated to be in his 30s, was involved in a crash with a car around 3:24 p.m. on Manchaca Road, just north of Slaughter Lane, EMS officials said. He was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

HUTTO

Officials: Man accused of shooting another driver

A man is accused of firing off nine rounds, including one that hit another driver, during a road rage incident in Hutto on Saturday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Pedro Acosta, 31, of Hutto, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The driver who was shot was hit above his right ankle, causing a large amount of blood loss, the affidavit said.

Hutto police were alerted about a shooter at 7:06 a.m. in the 600 block of U.S. 79, according to the affidavit.

It said that when an officer arrived, Acosta was standing outside his 2016 Nissan. Acosta told police he was traveling south on Ed Schmidt when he passed a driver in a 2002 Ford F250 pickup who honked at him, the affidavit said.

It said Acosta told police he made hand gestures at the driver and then pulled into the entry of a Home Depot to make a phone call when the pickup driver pulled up next to him. Acosta said he confronted the pickup driver and then the driver started to pull away from him, the affidavit said. It said Acosta told police he was not done talking, so he pulled his Nissan in front of the pickup.

Acosta said the driver of the pickup then rear-ended him, so Acosta picked up his 9 mm handgun and shot a round into the windshield of the pickup, police said.

Acosta said the other driver then rear-ended him again and then pulled up next to him, so Acosta fired more shots into the pickup, the affidavit said.

Acosta said he then got out of his car, noticed his gun was empty and loaded a new magazine into it, police said. Acosta said he didn’t fire his gun again after reloading it, the affidavit said. It said a witness saw Acosta standing near his vehicle and following a vehicle leaving the scene with his gun.

Acosta was being held in the Williamson County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $100,000.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

TAYLOR

Police: Man shot another man during drug deal

A man is accused of shooting another man during a drug deal at a park in Taylor, an arrest affidavit said.

Xavier Gonzales, 18, of Taylor, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Police were alerted at 9:19 p.m. Aug. 14 about several shots fired at Robinson Park in the 200 block of Dolan Street, an affidavit said. It said officers were then notified about a man who had been shot in the thigh and taken to a hospital.

The gunshot victim said he was sitting at a pavilion in the park when he heard gunshots, ran for his house and was hit with a bullet, according to the affidavit.

Officers found several cartridge casings in the park, police said. Investigators later learned the victim was at the park with his cousin, the affidavit said. The victim’s cousin said they were shot at during a marijuana deal with Gonzales, police said.

Gonzales told police he came to the park to sell marijuana to the cousin of the victim but that the cousin reached into Gonzales’ car and grabbed the marijuana and ran away with it, the affidavit said.

Gonzales said he got his Glock handgun and fired one round at the cousin who he saw running away, according to the affidavit. Gonzales said he then saw another person walking toward him so he fired three more rounds at that person and then moved into the street and fired again, the affidavit said.

Investigators collected cartridges that showed that Gonzales had fired once near his car, once near the pavilion and multiple rounds into the street, police said.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



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