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Driver Charged In Fatal North Austin Auto/Ped Crash

Updated: Friday, August 8 2014, 04:37 PM CDT

The driver in a crash on an I-35 service road in North Austin Thursday night that killed a pedestrian has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Julio Rodriguez-Torres, 21, is charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony, for the death of Malcolm Williams (pictured below), 46. Rodriguez-Torres is also charged with failure to stop and render aid causing death, also a second degree felony.

It happened at around 8:30 p.m. in the 8200 block of the North I-35 northbound service road, just north of the Hwy 183 intersection.

Investigators say Rodriguez-Torres was driving a silver Pontiac Firebird northbound on the I-35 service road in a right turn only lane intended for traffic to turn right onto Rutherford Lane -- but his vehicle continued traveling north after the right turn only lane stopped, left the roadway and struck Williams as he was walking in a private drive of a hotel parking lot.

Williams was pronounced at the scene by Austin/Travis County EMS, police say.

Rodriguez-Torres fled the scene on foot but was detained by a witness to the crash, investigators say.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424.

This is Austin's 31st fatal traffic crash and the 37th fatality of 2014. At this time in 2013, there were 50 fatality crashes and 51 fatalities.

(Photo from the Texas Department of Public Safety.)

Driver Charged In Fatal North Austin Auto/Ped Crash


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