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APD weekend No refusal DWI enforcement initiative

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:46

The Austin Police Department (APD) announced weekend No Refusal DWI initiative that began January 2017 and continued to run each weekend through September 2017. This initiative will resume this weekend. Each initiative lasts from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., each Friday night through Sunday morning.

Upcoming weekends for No Refusal are Nov. 17–19 and Nov. 24 – 26.

During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.

“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”

Weekends are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement.

APD seeking the public's assistance in identifying owner of camera

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:22

The Austin Police Department joined forces with a burglary of vehicle victim last week to help him recover his stolen belongings.

On November 8, 2017, the victim reported that his vehicle had been rummaged through.  Six hours later, he discovered several of his effects on the sites “OfferUp” and “Letgo” and connected with the seller who admitted to having all of his stolen property. APD contacted the victim on Thursday morning to set up a meeting time with the seller at Slaughter Lane and S. Congress.

In the process of taking possession of the victim’s property from the seller, officers discovered additional items that also appear to have been taken including a FujiFilm X10. Investigators looked into the matter and found that there was no recent report of this type of camera having been stolen so detectives are using photos discovered on the camera (attached) to try and get it back to its rightful owner.  The images appear to have been taken outside around the end of September.

If you know the individual(s) in the photo, please have them contact APD Detective Jared Manning at (512) 974-9211.

The seller, later identified as Juan Charles Gurley, Black male, 19 years of age, is now facing Burglary of a Vehicle – a Class A misdemeanor.

As always, we encourage people to proactively lock car doors and report suspicious activity immediately.

 

 

Traffic Fatality #60

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:18

Case:             17-3151167

Date:              Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time:              5:54 p.m.

Location:       6500 block of E Riverside Dr.

Deceased:     Palma-Rodriguez, Anderson, Hispanic male, 18 years of age
                       Unidentified female

The preliminary investigation shows that Palma-Rodriguez was racing another vehicle in the black, 4-door Honda. He was driving westbound on E. Riverside Dr. at a high rate of speed when he lost control, striking a billboard post. The vehicle then caught fire.

Both Palma-Rodriguez and the as-yet unidentified female passenger in the car died at the scene.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 60th fatal traffic crash and the 63rd fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 62 fatal traffic crashes and 63 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
 

Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade to close downtown area streets

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:15

The annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade will result in street closures in the downtown area on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

The 2017 Chuy’s Parade is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. with street closures beginning as early as 6 a.m. and streets reopening at 2 p.m.

Complete road closures starting at 6 a.m. include San Jacinto Boulevard from East 11th-15th Streets. The Ann Richards/Congress Ave. Bridge closes at 8 a.m. All other street closures begin at 9 a.m. and include Congress beginning at the Capitol, following the parade route down Congress all the way to the bridge.

Crosstown traffic will be allowed on 5th and 6th Streets until 9 a.m. and on Cesar Chavez St. until 10 a.m. Towing will be strictly enforced on Congress Ave. from Cesar Chavez to 11th St. All meters will be bagged and signs posted. For more information, visit http://www.austintexas.gov/event/chuys-children-giving-children-parade-2

Drivers are encouraged to use extra caution in the downtown area due to high pedestrian traffic and the number of small children attending the parade.

The Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade is an annual toy drive benefiting Austin Police Operation Blue Santa. Those attending the parade are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to children from ages infant to 14 years old. The unwrapped toys may be placed on parade entries at a designated time during the parade (while the units are stopped). In addition, the parade will feature giant, inflatable balloons, live music, children’s entertainers, marching bands, holiday floats, classic cars and Santa Claus.

Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a charitable outreach effort created in 1972 by two APD patrol officers who realized that some families in their area would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas. The distribution began with 20 families from the back of a patrol car. Today, Austin Police Operation Blue Santa serves more than 6,000 households with 15,000 children receiving gifts during the holiday season. For more information about Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, visit www.bluesanta.org.

 

Traffic Fatality #59

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:07

Case:            17-3150989

Date:             Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time:             3:31 p.m.

Location:       9400 block of Research Blvd.

Deceased:     Latulippe, Nancy, White female, 38 years of age
                       Latulippe, Jackson, White male, 14 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that 41-year-old Guy Brasted was driving a black, Jeep Wrangler northbound on Research Blvd., when he lost control, leaving the roadway and resulting in a head on collision with a White, Fiat 500, that was traveling southbound. A third vehicle sustained front-end damage from the continuation of the initial impact of the Jeep and Fiat.

Brasted was ejected from his vehicle. Nancy Latulippe, 38, who was driving the Fiat, and passenger Jackson Latulippe, 14, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two other passengers in the Fiat were transported to the hospital — an adult male with life-threatening injuries and a female child with non-life threatening injuries. The driver from the third vehicle was not transported for injuries.

Brasted was initially transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, but was later determined to be non-life threatening. He is facing two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 59th fatal traffic crash and the 60th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 62 fatal traffic crashes and 63 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

 

APD seeking the public's assistance in identifying suspect involved in bank robbery #15

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:56

Case:                17-3171042

Date:                Monday, November 13, 2017

Time:                Approximately 3:10 p.m.

Location:          Chase Bank – 100 block of W. Slaughter Lane

The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are working in conjunction to investigate a bank robbery that occurred on November 13, 2017, at approximately 3:10 p.m., at the Chase Bank located in the 100 block of W. Slaughter Lane.

The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, passed a note to the teller demanding money before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen walking northbound on Cullen Lane.

Suspect described as:
• Black Male
• 30-40 years of age
• 5’10” - 6’ tall, 190 lbs.
• Muscular build
• Goatee

Suspect was last seen wearing:
• Grey hooded t-shirt
• White cap
• Long black sleeve over right arm
• Gray sweatpants with black on the front (looks like shorts over sweatpants) and one black back pocket
• Dark sunglasses
• Black backpack
• Gray/Black tennis shoes

Photo of suspect:

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

 

APD to Honor Officers at Tonight’s 2017 Distinguished Awards Gala

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:50

The Austin Police Department, along with the Austin Police Association and Austin Cops for Charities, will honor several APD Officers for their heroic acts of service at the 2017 Distinguished Awards Gala tonight at 6 p.m. at ACL Live.

The Gala will honor the men and women who continuously put their lives in harm’s way to ensure a safer Austin. More than 700 police officers, their families and community leaders will come together to recognize officers who exhibited valor and bravery in times of peril. Awards to be presented include the Medal of Valor, Meritorious Service, Life Saving, Patrol Unit of the Year and Unit of the Year. A number of citizens will also be recognized with the Austin Cops for Charities 2017 Distinghished Leadership awards.

Retired APD Detective Jarrett Crippen will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening with special remarks from APD Chief of Police Brian Manley.

APD’s Organized Crime Unit Conducts K2 Investigation

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:07

The Austin Police Department received information from a Crime Stoppers Tip about a group that was dealing large amounts of K2 (Synthetic Cannabinoid) in the Austin area. The tipster stated the suspects were going to Houston to pick up a large amount of K2 (Synthetic Cannabinoid) to bring back to the Austin area for distribution. An investigation was initiated and several of the suspects were identified.
 
Members of APD’s Organized Crime Division Narcotics Conspiracy Team and the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad coordinated with the Houston Police Department Kush Task Force. Surveillance was conducted on the suspects as they traveled back into Austin. Austin police patrol officers conducted a Felony Car Stop on the vehicle and four suspects were taken into custody.
 
A probable cause search of the vehicle found 74.32 kilos of K2 (Synthetic Cannabinoid) in multiple trash bags. This seizure represents 222,960 individual doses of K2 (Synthetic Cannabinoid) with a street value of $1,114,800.
 
This case has been accepted for federal prosecution and is ongoing.
 
This is a great example of the cooperation between the citizens and the department. Anyone with information about this case or similar cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.


    

Traffic Fatality #58

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:18

Case:            17-3091672
 
Date:             Sunday, November 5, 2017
 
Time:             10:19 p.m.
 
Location:       Spicewood Springs Rd. and Scotland Well Dr.
 
Deceased:      Unidentified White male

The preliminary investigation shows that a red, 2007 Mazda 6 was driving southbound on Spicewood Springs Rd. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle lost control and struck a traffic light pole, which is located on the southwest corner of Spicewood Springs Rd. and Scotland Well Dr.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 58th fatal traffic crash and the 60th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 59 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change. 
 

Traffic Fatality #57

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:00

Case:            17-3090297
 
Date:             Sunday, November 5, 2017
 
Time:             2:19 a.m.
 
Location:      1300 block of Thornberry Rd.
 
Deceased:     Zachary Ryan Alexander-Ball, White male (D.O.B. 04-27-91)

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue, 2002 Yamaha motorcycle was driving northbound in the 1300 block of Thornberry Rd. at a high rate of speed. The driver of the motorcycle failed to navigate a sharp curve to head east on to Crozier Ln. and struck a metal gate along the north side of Crozier Ln.

The driver of the motorcycle, Zachary Ryan Alexander-Ball, was pronounced decease at the scene.  

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 57th fatal traffic crash and the 59th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 59 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Traffic Fatality #56

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:53

Case:            17-3041428
 
Date:             Tuesday, October 31, 2017
 
Time:             8:38 p.m.
 
Location:      Chicon and Willow streets
 
Deceased:     Marcos Mauricio Morales, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 8-30-72)

The preliminary investigation shows that a blue, Ford pickup truck was driving southbound on Chicon Street when it struck a pedestrian who was walking in a southeast direction in the intersection of Chicon and Willow streets. After striking the pedestrian, the Ford truck briefly stopped but then fled the scene southbound on Chicon St. without stopping and rendering aid to the pedestrian. The pedestrian, identified as Mauricio Marcos Morales, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he died a short time later. 

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 56th fatal traffic crash and the 58th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 59 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

APD statement regarding ANTIFA demonstration

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:59

The Austin Police Department is aware of the scheduled ANTIFA demonstration. We are monitoring the event and working closely with our law enforcement partners and the Austin Regional Intelligence Center. In the spirit of the First Amendment, the Austin Police Department will work to safeguard lives and property while respecting the rights of individuals to exercise free speech. We will work with event coordinators to ensure a balanced policing approach and will be ready to handle situations should they arise.

Traffic Fatality #55

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:13

Case:            17-3021271
 
Date:             Sunday, October 29, 2017
 
Time:            6:14 p.m.
 
Location:      Intersection of E. 7th and Comal Street
 
Deceased:    Starlite Stewart, White male, 29 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2010 Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on Comal Street when the driver, who had a green light, entered the intersection to turn left on to 7th Street when the green, 2011 Triumph Motorcycle driven by Stewart ran the red light hitting the left front side of the Toyota. Stewart was transported by EMS to Dell Seton Hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 55th fatal traffic crash and the 57th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 59 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Traffic Fatality #54

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:04

Case:             17-3001690
 
Date:             Friday, October 27, 2017

Time:             9:00 p.m.
 
Location:       3400 block of South Lamar
 
Deceased:     Jasper Bailey, Black male, (D.O.B. 6-20-83)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2014 Toyota RAV4 was driving southbound in the center turn lane and a white, 2001 Chevrolet Pickup Truck was driving northbound in the left lane of S. Lamar. The Toyota hit the pedestrian who was wearing all black clothing and standing in the center turn lane. This pushed the pedestrian into the Chevrolet as it passed in the left northbound lane. The drivers of the Toyota and Chevrolet vehicles stopped immediately and called 911, while staying on scene. They have been cooperative with the investigation.

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 54th fatal traffic crash of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 59 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

APD seeking the public's assistance in identifying suspect involved in bank robbery #13

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:56

Case:                17-3001455
 
Date:                Friday, October 27, 2017
 
Time:                Approximately 7 p.m.
 
Location:          Wells Fargo Bank (Fiesta Mart), 3909 N IH-35 Service Road Northbound.
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are working in conjunction to investigate a bank robbery that occurred on October 27, 2017 at approximately 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank inside the Fiesta Mart located at 3909 N IH-35 Service Road Northbound. 
 
The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, passed a note to the teller demanding money before fleeing on foot towards E. 38 ½ Street with an undisclosed amount of cash. 
 
Suspect described as:

  • Black Male
  • 25-35 years of age
  • Approx. 6’ tall, 185 lbs 

Suspect was last seen wearing:

  • Grey “Gap” sweatshirt with red undershirt
  • Black knit cap with “BE ME” logo
  • Sunglasses

Photo of suspect:

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Murder #27 charges filed

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:51

Murder and Aggravated Assault charges have been officially filed.

Case:          17-3020550

Date:          Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time:          6:12 a.m.

Location:    5500 block of Avenue F

Deceased:  Michael McCloskey, a White male, born 11-27-1979

Arrested:   Randall Gaston Jones, a White male, 32-years-old

On Sunday, October 29, at approximately 6:12 a.m., the Austin Police Department (APD) received a call about shots fired at residence located in the 5500 block of Avenue F. The caller stated that a man dressed as Santa Claus, at a costume party, shot someone. APD officers and EMS were immediately dispatched to the residence.

Upon arrival, officers located four people with gunshot wounds. Officers were told that the suspect went to a neighbor’s home, a few doors away. Officers located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. The suspect, who lived at the residence, was identified as Randall Jones.
 
Detectives learned that Jones told a neighbor an altercation occurred at his residence and that he would surrender to authorities. Jones placed a black semi-automatic on the neighbor’s “Welcome” mat and waited for police to arrive.
 
Michael McCloskey and two women were transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. The fourth person who was shot refused transport to the hospital. McCloskey succumbed to his wounds and died at the hospital at 3:16 p.m. later that day.
 
Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES. You can also use the new Crime Stoppers App or submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

APD offers Halloween safety tips for children and adults

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:13

The Austin Police Department encourages safety and supervision for children throughout the year, especially on Halloween. It is important for parents to follow a few safety precautions as children take to neighborhood streets for traditional trick-or-treating.

  • Know your trick-or-treater's route
  • Take a flashlight
  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe
  • Remind children not to enter a stranger's home or car
  • Set rules about not eating treats until your children are home. Inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them
  • Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely
  • Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk
  • Never cross the street from between parked cars
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they present a fire hazard for costumes and long wigs. Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses
  • Don't enter any homes unless you know the people
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag -- in case it breaks or your original one is filled
  • Make sure fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse - having them mistaken for the real thing
  • Don't cut across yards. Use sidewalks and stay out of back yards
  • Follow traffic signals and do not jaywalk or cross at mid-block
  • Always watch for cars backing up or turning
  • Never accept rides from strangers
  • Respect other people and their property
  • Be polite and say "thank you"  
  • It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. There are some very simple steps to make the evening safe for everyone.
  • Turn on your porch light
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up when trick-or-treating in groups
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard
  • Drive slowly all evening.  You never know what little “creature” may suddenly cross your path
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police

For adults celebrating Halloween, there are some things to consider when wearing that "perfect" costume.

  • Make sure any accessories, such as fake guns, knives, and other potentially dangerous items are not mistaken for the real thing
  • Fire safety and visibility are important for adult costumes. Apply the same standards to adult costumes as you do to your children's
  • Remember adults that are dressed up can be scary to young children

APD announces Sixth Street Halloween safety plans, street closures

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:11

The Austin Police Department wants to ensure a safe evening for those celebrating Halloween on Sixth Street. 
 
Due to expected large crowds on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, Sixth Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Brazos Street to the West Frontage of IH-35. Cross streets will be closed between Fifth and Seventh streets. Closures should be completed by 6 p.m. and towing of vehicles parked on Sixth Street and cross streets (Brazos, San Jacinto, Trinity, Neches, Red River and Sabine) will begin at 6 p.m. Owners of vehicles towed during this time should locate their vehicle using Auto Return’s website (www.autoreturn.com) and have their license plate or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) available. The IH-35 southbound 8th – 3rd Street exit and the IH-35 northbound 6th Street exit may also be closed. Additional IH-35 exit ramps may be closed depending on the amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the 6th Street area. Closures will be dictated by crowd size to ensure pedestrian safety.
                 
APD reminds citizens planning to be on Sixth Street that no illegal weapons of any type will be allowed.
 
Anyone with illegal items will be arrested and the property will be seized.
 
In addition, open containers of alcohol will not be allowed on Sixth Street. Glass containers are prohibited. 

Austin Police Department announces DWI Enforcement Initiative for Halloween night

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:05

Austin Police Department (APD) is announcing a Halloween night DWI initiative for the Austin metropolitan area. This initiative will be a “No Refusal” DWI initiative, in which officers will apply for a search warrant to obtain blood from operators suspected to be impaired, who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.
 
This initiative will run Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 9:00 p.m. to 5 a.m. The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen, as required by law. 
 
Halloween week is often associated with parties and gatherings in which alcohol is present. This announcement is to remind everyone that their area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement. 

 

Traffic Fatality #53

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:26

Case:             17-2890294
 
Date:             Monday, October 16, 2017
 
Time:             5:57 a.m.
 
Location:       5000 block of E. Stassney Lane
 
Deceased:    David Adam Castro, Hispanic male, 28 years of age

The preliminary investigation shows that a black, 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, traveling eastbound, in the inside lane of the 5000 block of E. Stassney Lane, struck and killed Castro who was lying in the roadway along the north curb line. The driver remained at the scene.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 53rd fatal traffic crash and the 55th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 56 fatal traffic crashes and 57 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

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