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Man Charged in Deadly Weekend Crash in Austin

The identity of a woman that was a passenger in a car that crashed into a tree has been released. The driver of that car has been charged.

Details about the Car Accident Involving the Tree

KVUE News is reporting that police in Austin have released the identity of a woman who was killed over the weekend after an allegedly intoxicated driver slammed their car into a tree in South Austin on Sunday morning.

The man who was driving that car at the time of the accident that killed his passenger is being charged, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

That fatal accident happened at the 6700 block of Cooper Lane and William Cannon Drive and South 1st Street at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. When first responders arrived at the scene of the accident, they found the vehicle lying on its side with its roof bent around the tree.

Police are speculating that the driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Zachary Dugger was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Dugger, the driver, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to University Medical Center at Brackenridge with non-life threatening injuries. Dugger later told the police that he was traveling about 45 miles per hour down the road in a zone where the speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

At that time, according to Dugger, he locked up the brakes to avoid hitting a dog in the roadway.

Lori Pollock was the passenger at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to an officer from the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

Police in Austin have decided to charge Dugger with intoxication manslaughter. According to records that have been made available online, Dugger is currently being held on a $75,000 bond.

Important Information about Drunk Driving in the State of Texas

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TDoT):

  • In 2014, there were a total of 925 fatal crashes involving alcohol.
  • In those 925 crashes in 2014, 1,041 people were killed in accidents involving alcohol.
  • The amount of accidents involving DUI were about evenly spread between urban and rural areas.

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