Deceased Austin Car Crash Victim Identified

Authorities finally revealed the identity of a man killed in a car crash in Austin this past Saturday, February 22.

About the East Austin Crash and Victim

According to CBS Austin, the two vehicle crash occurred in East Austin, Texas around the 7800 block of FM 969 at 4:55 in the morning. The victim of the crash, who has been identified as Charles Bench, was driving a 2005 Honda Accord.

Austin Police Department officials stated Bench was initiating a westbound turn on FM 969 when a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox suddenly crashed into him. The Equinox vehicle’s owner, 28 year-old Anthony Michael DeLeon, was put under arrest for driving while influenced and causing the sudden death of Bench who was declared dead on scene.

Investigators are still looking into the crash scene incident with suspicions of DeLeon.

Anyone with information about the crash or those involved should contact Austin Police Department Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives: (512) 974-4424.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,721 people were killed in traffic collisions in Texas in 2017.
  • 761 of those deaths were associated with crashes that occurred at or in relation to an intersection.
  • An additional 254,853 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2017.
  • On average:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident in Texas every 2 hours and 21 minutes in 2017.
    • A person was injured every 2 minutes and 4 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 59 seconds.

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