Car crashes into Dollar Tree store in North Austin; 2 injured

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  • American-Statesman staff
Dec 31, 2017
Mary Huber
A vehicle crashed through the front of a Dollar Tree at 5310 Burnet Rd. in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. MARY HUBER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Car crashes into Dollar Tree; 2 injured

Two women were injured when a car plowed into a Dollar Tree store in North Austin on Saturday, authorities said.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics and Austin firefighters responded to the crash at 5310 Burnet Road shortly after 1:30 p.m.

One woman, a customer at the store, was being taken to Dell Seton Medical Center downtown with “minimal injuries,” EMS reported.

The other injured woman, the driver, refused treatment, EMS said.

Fire officials said their crews were already across the street responding to a previous medical call when the crash happened.

The cost of the damage had not been determined yet but the crash into the storefront knocked out two large glass panes that made up the door.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman


Sex assault reported on campus, police say

A University of Texas student was sexually assaulted Sunday morning on campus, officials said.

University police are assisting Austin police with the investigation into the incident, which occurred early Sunday at Clark Field in the 300 block of 21st Street, authorities said. According to UT police, the person responsible for the assault was not a student, however no arrests have been made.

Authorities said they don’t think the incident represents a threat to the campus.

UT police in a safety alert sent to students Sunday urged anyone with information to call 512-471-4441 ext. 9.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


Woman unhurt after driving into Bull Creek

A woman drove her car off a bridge into Bull Creek in Northwest Austin on Sunday morning but was uninjured, according to the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

EMS responded at 7:45 a.m. to the 6400 block of Spicewood Springs Road, where they began a water rescue of the woman who was inside the car. After the woman was removed from the car, she refused evaluation and treatment, EMS officials said.

Austin fire officials described the water as standing water only about 3 feet deep, and said first responders did not need to use any special equipment; rescuers walked to the car to get the woman out.

— Rachel Rice, American-Statesman


Man dies after struck by Amtrak train

A man in his 40s was killed Saturday evening after being struck by a train in the 3100 block of West Anderson Lane, just east of Mopac Boulevard (Loop 1), in North Austin, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

A spokesman for Union-Pacific, which owns the rail lines, said an Amtrak train was involved in the incident.

Amtrak confirmed to KXAN-TV that the Texas Eagle route, which runs through Austin from Chicago to Los Angeles, was delayed. Amtrak said 122 people were on board the train, KXAN said.

— Philip Jankowski, American-Statesman


Man seriously injured after hit by car

A man in his 30s was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with serious injuries Saturday after being hit by a car while walking in South Austin.

A vehicle had driven over the pedestrian about 2:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Bremner Drive — just off of West Slaughter Lane and about a half-mile east of MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) — while traveling at a low speed, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. However, the man’s injuries were serious, EMS Capt. Darren Noak said.

The crash remains under investigation and EMS had no further information.

— Philip Jankowski, American-Statesman


Burglary suspect accused of taking yogurt

A woman who police say stole a yogurt from a Central Austin construction office trailer Thursday is being charged with a state jail felony punishable by an up to a two-year sentence, according to an arrest affidavit.

Kelli Cannon, 35, was charged with burglary of a non-residence after the owner of the property, including the trailer and adjacent home on West 29th Street, called police at about 5 p.m., according to the document. The trailer was being used as a construction office for workers as they completed renovations on the home, the affidavit said.

One of the construction workers told police Cannon entered the home and began to yell at him and the crew, asking them what they had done with all of her belongings, according to the affidavit.

The worker said Cannon told the crew that it was her house and that they needed to leave. She then walked through the 5,000-square-foot, four-floor home and across the yard to the construction office, the affidavit said.

The owner told police that Cannon did not have his consent to be on the property, according to the affidavit. An entrance gate was open for workers, the affidavit said, and the office had been unlocked that day so workers could use the bathroom.

When police found Cannon, she was holding a cup of yogurt in her left hand and using her right pointer finger to eat it, the affidavit said. It said that she appeared to be happy to see police and told responding officers that she needed help figuring out who was in her home.

Cannon told police she had not committed a crime because she had only taken things from her own residence, according to the affidavit.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman