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Pedestrian who was struck by semi in North Austin on I-35 identified

Austin police have identified a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing Interstate 35 last month as 33-year-old Armando De La Cruz.

According to a preliminary police investigation, an 18-wheeler was heading north on I-35 around 3 a.m. on Oct. 21.

The semi was just south of the U.S. 183 interchange when an officer activated his vehicle’s lights after seeing De La Cruz walk against the inside concrete barrier on the highway, police said.

De La Cruz then “sprinted eastbound into the path of the oncoming semi and was struck,” police said in a written statement Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the 18-wheeler stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.

Speed, lighting or driver impairment did not appear to be factors in this crash, police said.

Anyone with more information about this case should call Austin police at 512-974-6935 or submit tips through their mobile app, Austin PD, which is free for iPhone and Android devices.

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