One person is in critical condition and two others suffered serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash involving a stolen pickup in Austin, Texas. Police were in pursuit of the stolen vehicle prior to the crash.
Police Called Off Chase Just Before Collision
According to KXAN, the events leading to the fatal crash began Tuesday morning around 12:30 am.
Police initiated a pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle after running the pickup’s license plate. Police say the person was driving recklessly in the downtown area near Sixth Street and Red River, triggering suspicion.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle but ended pursuit after reaching Riverside Drive and Montopolis Drive when they determined the chase could be potentially dangerous to other drivers. Roughly ten minutes later, police responded to a crash near the airport on Cardinal Loop and State Highway 71 where the pickup had struck another vehicle.
One person was transported to the hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries. Two others were hospitalized in serious condition.
The crash remains under investigation.
Texas Car Accident Statistics for 2019
The information below was taken from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
- The Fatality Rate on Texas roadways for 2019 was 1.26 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.33% decrease from 2018.
- There were 12,897 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2019 with 15,843 people sustaining a serious injury.
- The annual vehicle miles traveled in Texas during 2019 reached 286.268 billion, an increase of 1.5% over the 282.037 billion traveled in 2018.
- Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 51.69% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,866 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
- Single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,161 deaths in 2019. This was 32.16% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2019.
- In 2019 there were 731 people killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection.
- There were 600 people killed in head-on crashes in 2019.
- There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2019.
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