Two people killed in a crash early Thursday and a pedestrian who died this week after a hit-and-run in South Austin bring the number of Austin’s traffic deaths so far this year to 91.
With the three new deaths, 2021 already surpasses 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in number of people killed in Austin traffic in a year. In 2019, a total of 88 people were killed in traffic accidents, and, in 2020, police recorded 94 such deaths.
In Thursday’s deadly incident, Austin-Travis County EMS medics at about 1:30 a.m. responded to the intersection of forty first Avenue and Medical Parkway, simply south of forty fifth Avenue, after a automobile had crashed in opposition to a constructing that had a doable fuel leak.
Two of the three folks concerned within the crash had been killed, medics stated. The third individual was taken to Dell Seton Medical Middle with probably critical accidents.
Later Thursday, police recognized a pedestrian who died this week as 52-year-old Terryn Dee Strahan. Investigators stated she was strolling southbound within the 5100 block of South Congress Avenue, north of Stassney Lane, on Sept. 19 at round 8:16 p.m.
A driver in a automobile heading north hit Strahan and left the scene with out serving to the lady or calling 911, police stated.
Strahan was taken to a hospital, the place she died at 12:55 a.m. Monday. Police are asking the general public for extra details about the case. These with ideas can name police at 512-974-8111 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477, or submit ideas via the Crime Stoppers app or the Austin PD app.
With three months left within the 12 months, it is doable Austin surpasses 2020’s traditionally excessive annual visitors loss of life toll of 94. Austin’s highest variety of visitors deaths had been 102 folks killed in 2015.
Police have stated visitors deaths in Austin have 4 foremost causes: dashing, impairment, distracted driving and failure to yield.
The day earlier than Strahan was hit, one other individual died due to a motorist who police stated had been driving whereas intoxicated.
The sufferer, whom police haven’t but recognized, was on a stand-up electrical scooter heading south the 1400 block of Newfield Lane, close to Enfield Highway.
The individual on the scooter was hit by a white Chevrolet pushed by 25-year-old Lee Anne Lafaye Nash. Nash was driving northbound on Newfield Lane.
Each Nash and the scooter driver had been in the identical lane when the crash occurred, police stated.
The scooter driver was pronounced lifeless on the scene and Nash was arrested for driving whereas intoxicated, police stated.
Police are hoping to deal with impaired driving with a yearlong no-refusal initiative beginning Oct. 1. Drunken driving accounts for a couple of third of all deadly crashes in Austin, police stated.
Throughout no-refusal durations, police can extra simply receive search warrants for blood or breath samples from suspected drunken drivers who refuse to take blood alcohol exams.
Below Texas’ “implied consent” legislation, merely having a state driver’s license means you’ve consented to an alcohol or drug check if requested by a legislation enforcement officer. Refusing to undergo a breath check can result in a suspension of your license.
Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Oct. 1 and the tip of September 2022 can be no-refusal days, police stated.
“No-refusal shouldn’t be about making as many arrests as we will,” Austin Police Assistant Chief Robin Henderson stated in a press release. “It’s a deterrent to maintain impaired drivers off of Austin’s roadways and preserve the general public protected. No-refusal ensures that we’ve got stable blood alcohol content material proof in each DWI arrest and, as such, enhances the power to prosecute drunk drivers.”