AUSTIN (KXAN) - A stolen truck crashed into a tree in East Austin just after midnight Tuesday, killing the driver and seriously injuring four passengers.
The 2007 Nissan Frontier truck wrecked in the 2200 block of Garden Street, near Metz Elementary School. Police said an officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver of the Nissan pickup accelerated and left the scene. It ran several stop signs, lost control and left the roadway, hitting a tree on the driver's side door. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The three passengers inside the truck were trapped, and it took nearly two hours to get everyone out.
Austin police said the driver was identified Rodney Penson, 17, of Austin, and the four passengers were ages 16 to 18 years old. They did not make public information on the identities of those in the truck.
Penson's funeral was held on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The victims were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Austin Police Department's Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at 512-974-8266.
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