Austin police arrested a woman accused of causing a fatal multi-vehicle collision in northeast Austin Monday afternoon. They suspect the woman was impaired at the time of the crash.
KXAN reports the crash occurred around 1:50 pm Monday in the 12200 block of Dessau Road.
Officers arrived to find five vehicles were involved in the crash. They included a Toyota Corolla, an Infiniti, a Dodge Ram, and Audi, and a Capital Metro bus. Police concluded the driver of the Toyota, 36-year-old Octavia Antoinette Scales, was responsible for the crash.
A preliminary investigation suggests Scales was traveling at a high rate of speed before crashing into three vehicles. Scales’ vehicle then hit the bus which then collided with the Audi.
A passenger in Scales’ vehicle, 46-year-old Latesha D. Washington, was pulled from the wreckage by the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS crews. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
Police noted Scales was disoriented and decided to conduct field sobriety tests. Officers said Scales had bloodshot, glassy eyes, wobbly balance, body tremors, memory loss, and confused speech. Scales told police she had been smoking marijuana and had taken blood pressure medication, a muscle relaxer, and a nerve blocker.
Scales reportedly attempted to blame Washington for the crash before admitting to using marijuana. Scales has multiple arrests and convictions for drug offenses and driving while intoxicated.
Information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
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