AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Police said an SUV crashed into a South Austin home Saturday morning, leaving one dead and one critically injured. The 23-year-old driver tried to flee, but police were able to catch the man and take him into custody.
Austin Fire officials say the driver of the SUV, identified as Michael Jay Smoltich, plowed through a stop sign and ran into the yard where a birthday celebration had just started.
Police officials said the there were three people in the SUV, and Smoltich tried to flee the scene. According to the arrest affidavit he was later arrested at a friend's house in the 300 block of W. William Cannon Dr.
Smoltich is charged with:
1 count Failure to Stop & Render Aid, a 2nd degree felony
2 counts Failure to Stop & Render Aid, 3rd degree felonies
1 count Driving While License is Invalid, class A enhanced
1 count Leaving the Scene, a class B misdemeanor
Light snow flurries were reported early Saturday just north of the KXAN viewing area. Sub-freezing temperatures along with a slight chance of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue through Sunday morning.
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Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.