Driver charged in man's death


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A 20-year-old man was charged with felony intoxication manslaughter in the
death of one of his passengers after a crash Saturday night in northwestern Travis County.  According to an arrest affidavit filed Monday, Jose Olvera-Tovar lost control of a Ford Explorer late Saturday on General Williamson Drive near RM 620. The Explorer struck several concrete blocks, was launched into the air and struck a utility pole, according to the affidavit.

Passenger Jose Guillen-Ortiz, 29, died in the wreck. Olvera-Tovar and another passenger were treated for minor injuries at University Medical Center Brackenridge and released before Olvera-Tovar was arrested.

Driver held in fatal wreck


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A 25-year-old man was being held Monday in the Travis County Jail in connection with a one-vehicle wreck that killed a 19-year-old Hutto woman.

Arturo Vazquez-Corona was charged with intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, both felonies, according to an affidavit filed Monday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also, placed a hold on Vazquez-Corona for eventual deportation, the affidavit said. Vazquez-Corona’s nationality was not mentioned in the affidavit.

Claudia Morales was pronounced dead at the scene of he crash Thursday night on Gattis School Road at Priem Lane, southwest of Star Ranch.

The affidavit says Vazquez-Corona lost control of his Honda and struck a brick mailbox with the rear passenger side, where Morales was sitting.

Vazquez-Corona was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for a blood test, according to the affidavit. Two other passengers in the car were treated for minor injuries at Brackenridge and later released.

Man sentanced in fatal wreck


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A man convicted of intoxication manslaughter has been sentenced to prison for a wreck that killed a Johnson County woman.

Brandon Burchfield, 19, got a 10-year sentence in the 2008 death of Nogaelda Zavala.  Burchfield had a blood-alchohol level more than twice the legal limit when the wreck occured.