Intoxicated Driver Arrested for Killing Victim in 6 Person Wreck

One person is dead and another person has been arrested following a drunk driving accident in Austin that involved six vehicles.

About the Austin Drunk Driving Crash

According to KXAN, a multiple vehicle crash on the 6800 block of southbound Interstate 35 resulted in the death of one person. The initial six vehicle wreck occurred on Sunday, October 11 around midnight near William Cannon Drive. A semi-truck is believed to have been one of the six vehicles involved. 

Austin, Texas authorities have reported that a 39-year-old Amber Thomas has been charged and arrested for intoxication manslaughter in response to the wreck. She has been transported to Travis County Jail without a current bond set. The victim killed has not yet been identified. Also, the incident shut down the freeway for several hours. 

Official Austin Texas Police Association PIO Tweet

  • 10/12/20 02:12; 800 E William Cannon Intox driver ran red light. Struck by vehicle. Vict trans to area hospital w/ serious bodily injuries. Subj arrest Intox Assault. #202860138 District 2

Official ATCEMS Tweets

  • Multiple #ATCEMS, @AustinFireInfo & @Austin_Police assets responding to a reported Major Motor Vehicle collision at 6800 S IH 35 SB (23:15); Initial unconfirmed reports of 6 vehicles involved including a Semi & Motorcycle. More to Follow….
  • #ATXTrafficFatality FINAL: Auto v Motorcycle collision at 6800 S IH 35 SB; #ATCEMSMedics have obtained a Deceased On Scene Pronouncement of 1 adult motorcycle rider. No other patients identified. Expect road closures, slow down & remain alert for investigators working in the area

Texas Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

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