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Pedestrian Killed in Austin Crash

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A man was killed early Saturday after being struck by a drunk driver in downtown Austin.

About the Austin Pedestrian Accident

According to the American-Statesman, 32-year-old Kelly Wayne Noel was struck and killed by Wade Atwood, 40, around 1:15 a.m. Saturday after Atwood pulled out of a Wendy’s parking lot on the northbound frontage road of Interstate 35 near 7th Street.

Atwood told police that he had drank two beers prior to the accident. Police determined Atwood had a blood alcohol level of .102, above the legal limit.

A second driver, Ramiro Sosa, drove into the crime scene less than two hours after the initial accident occurred, nearly striking police officers.

35-year-old Sosa was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 3,399 people were killed in Texas car crashes in 2012 – up 10.82 percent from 3,067 in 2011.
  • Another 230,506 people were injured in auto accident on Texas roadways with 87,087 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • Pedestrian fatalities rose by 13.2 percent, reaching 481 deaths in 2012.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 32.3 percent of all traffic fatalities recorded in Texas for the year.


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