Andrew Traub

Recent Crashes in Austin

North Austin

A pedestrian was hospitalized Friday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle in North Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS medics said.

Medics just after noon responded to the 6000 block of Middle Fiskville Road, near Airport Blvd., after receiving a report that a pedestrian had been hit.

The pedestrian was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical and possibly life-threatening injuries, medics said.

South Austin

A pedestrian who was fatally struck by a vehicle in South Austin last month has been identified as 62-year-old Susan Soheili, Austin police said.

Officers on Jan. 27 responded to the 4600 block of South Lamar Boulevard, just off U.S. 290, at 5:50 p.m. to reports of a crash. When officers arrived, they found Soheili being treated by Austin-Travis County EMS medics.

A witness told police that the driver of a white Toyota RAV 4 was making a left turn out of a parking garage when they hit Soheili. The driver was not aware that they hit anyone at the time of the crash, police said.

The driver was at the scene when officers arrived.

Soheili was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on Jan. 29. She is the eighth person to die in Austin traffic so far this year. At this time in 2020, 12 people had died, police said.

Anyone with more information about the crash can call police at 512-974-6935.

A pedestrian was killed Sunday evening after being struck by a vehicle in South Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS medics said.

Medics responded to the westbound service road of Ben White Boulevard near Menchaca Road after receiving a report that a pedestrian had been hit, officials said in a 6:43 p.m. tweet.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, medics said.

Central Austin

A semi-truck driver was killed in a crash early Thursday, Austin police said.

Officers responded at around 1 a.m. to the 4300 block of the highway’s upper deck.

Police said the driver lost control of the semi-truck and hit a guardrail on the upper deck of the highway, which caused the cab to split from the trailer. The cab fell onto the lower deck and the trailer remained on the upper deck, police said, according to KXAN-TV.

Police do not know what caused the driver to lose control of the truck.

Around 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled when the semi crashed, according to KVUE-TV.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 at Airport Boulevard were temporarily closed.

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