Drunk Driving Wreck Destroys Family from California

On Saturday afternoon, a family of four traveling to the airport to go back home was hit by a drunk driver. It’s possible that only one of them may survive; the 10-year-old girl who was sitting in the backseat. The Latulippe family, from California, flew to Austin to visit friends, said Jim Enos. Enos’ 38-year-old... Read More »

Study: New-car info tech is distracting and dangerous

New-model cars are loaded with more driver distractions than ever before, including navigation systems that take an average of 40 seconds to program, according to a study of more than two dozen 2017 vehicles. “It’s a staggering increase in the technology and complexity of the vehicle in the last two to three years,” said David... Read More »

Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea Pose Danger to Public

The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said late last week that they are no longer pursuing the regulation that would require testing for the fatigue-inducing disorder that has been blamed for deadly rail crashes in New York City and New Jersey and several highway crashes.   The agencies argue that it... Read More »

Man charged with intoxication assault after North Austin crash

Austin police have arrested a man who they said was intoxicated when he crashed into a car on North Lamar Boulevard on Thursday night, sending another man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to an arrest affidavit. Tremaine Purnell, 35, faces charges of intoxication assault and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, jail records... Read More »

Hit-and-run suspect arrested after his license plate found at scene

A pedestrian was seriously injured while crossing the street in East Austin by a vehicle that took off, but not without leaving its front license plate behind, according to the driver’s arrest affidavit. Police responded to a call at about 2:48 a.m. Saturday of a person possibly hit by a car. The victim was crossing... Read More »

4th of July Deadliest Holiday

As Americans toast to Independence Day this Fourth of July, there’s another side to the celebrations they may want to avoid: death by drunk drivers. The Fourth of July is among the deadliest days for drunk driving every year, thanks to people both drinking and driving more. According to an analysis by the Insurance Institute... Read More »

Manor Boy Attacked by Pit Bull

Manor police say a 7-year-old boy was the victim of an unprovoked dog attack on Monday night. Police said the child was playing in the yard of a home in the 14400 block of Callan Court around 8:08 p.m. when the dog, a pit bull mix, ran out of a residence as its owner opened... Read More »

Pedestrian Killed Crossing Highway in New Braunfels

A man died in New Braunfels on Wednesday morning after being hit by a pickup truck while walking across Texas 46. Police say the crash happened in the 1100 block of the highway around 12:06 a.m. The man, identified by police as 32-year-old Rudy Varela Jr. of New Braunfels, had been driving a Volkswagen Jetta... Read More »

Couple charged after crash injures 4 cyclists in South Austin

Two people face charges after their Buick sedan crashed into a group of cyclists in South Austin on Saturday, sending four people to the hospital, including one who was in critical condition over the weekend, Austin police said. Devin Donnel Rodriguez, 25, was charged with driving with an invalid license after the incident. According to... Read More »

Austin police ID driver killed in Monday crash at Texas 71, FM 973

A man killed in a crash at the intersection of Texas 71 and FM 973 earlier this week has been identified as 46-year-old Juan Narciso Garcia, police said Thursday. Police responded at 6:15 a.m. on Monday to reports of a wreck at the intersection. According to a preliminary police investigation, a white Ford F-350 was... Read More »