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.
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.
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