Pedestrian killed in North Austin


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

An 83-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning when he was hit by a car while trying to cross Burnet Road at Richcreek Road. William Boykin, who was using a walker, was crossing Burnet when the light turned green, and he was hit by a Honda Civic, police said. It was dark at the time of the incident and the driver told police that he did not see the man until the crash, police said. No charges are expected to be filed.

Local Singer Killed in Car Wreck


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Local singer, Melanie Wilkinson, was killed in a collision on Monday at the 2200 block of East 51st Street, just east of Waterbrook.  Ms. Wilkinson had performed for Ann Richards, Lady Bird Johnson and Barbara Jordan and was scheduled to sing in Washington with a choral group at the National Cathedral in the next few days.

She was leaving her job as an overnight 911 call-taker at Austin’s Combined Transportation, Emergency and Communications Center when the wreck happened.

Austin police spokesman Cpl. Scott Perry said a man was driving a Checy Tahoe east on 51st Street about 11:45 a.m. when he crossed the center line and hit Wilkinson’s Toyota Corolla, heading west.  The Tahoe flipped over the Corolla, hit a telephone pole and then rolled off the Corolla.

The Tahoe driver, Dewayne Maupin, 32, was arrested on existing warrants of delivery of a controlled substance and theft by check.

Austin Man Killed in Wreck


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A man died Monday afternoon in Williamson County after a vehicle crossed into incoming traffic and collided with a pickup in which he was riding, a Texas Department of Public Safety official said.

Eric Aguillar, 42, of Austin, a passenger in Raymond Dale Griffith’s pickup died at the scene when Douglas Fabian Tarrance, 20, of Killeen tried to pass a northbound tractor-trailer that had stopped to turn left.

Tarrance drove into oncoming traffic and hit Griffith’s pickup truck.

Griffith was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening while Tarrance was taken to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple in critical condition.

Both Tarrance and Aguillar were not wearing their seat belts.  A sad lesson in the importance of buckling up.