The driver of a silver Infiniti involved in a high speed police chase Sunday is facing felony manslaughter charges for the death of his 28-year-old passenger.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Nicole Tiffany Medina was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3:40 am Sunday after a silver Infiniti crashed into a utility pole near Cameron Road and Gregg Lane.
Police report that the Medina was the passenger in vehicle involved in a high speed chase. The car was driven by 26-year-old Ruben Munoz.
The chase began when the Infiniti passed a Travis County sheriff’s patrol car near the 3200 block of East Parmer Lane, traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour. The vehicle then ran a red light, nearly colliding with another vehicle.
It was at this point that the Travis County sergeant activated his emergency lights and siren and began pursuit; however, even traveling at speeds approaching 115 miles per hour, the sergeant was unable to catch up to the speeding car.
The sergeant continued to travel north along Cameron Road where he discovered the vehicle had gone off the road and into a field. The driver had evidently lost control and collided with a utility pole, resulting in Medina’s death.
Munoz was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries.