Deadly crash in northeast Austin began as a police chase

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A police chase in northwest Austin ended with a deadly crash on Friday morning, Austin Police Department says.

According to APD, around 11:27 a.m., an officer tried to make a traffic stop on the driver of a Chevrolet Avalanche but the driver continued driving and wouldn’t stop for the officer. Even though the chase continued, the pursuit was cancelled.

Shortly after this, truck ran a red light at the intersection of East Parmer Lane and Dessau Road collided with a 2019 Hyundai Elantra turning left at the light. The truck stopped when it struck a metal pole, according to police’s initial investigation.

Photo: Chris Nelson/KXAN

Austin police say the driver of the pick-up truck died at the scene of the accident.

“We don’t know what the factors were, if there was alcohol or texting…it just goes back to Drivers Ed. Be a defensive driver for other drivers and slow down, especially an intersection like that. There’s so much traffic, there’s so much busy going on that it’s unfortunate when these things like this happen,” Austin Police Corporal Joe Jackson said.

Two adults in the car, a man and a woman, were declared trauma alert and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The Parmer Lane and Dessau Road intersection was closed for a while after the crash. The case is still under investigation.

Photo: Chris Nelson/KXAN

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