Man charged with manslaughter after multi-vehicle crash that killed 1

Travis County

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 29-year-old man faces an intoxication manslaughter charge after a multi-vehicle crash left one person dead and three others injured, according to an affidavit filed in court.

The crash took place late Wednesday night at the intersection of East Seventh Street and Springdale Road. Austin police say Duane Deshae Harris was speeding eastbound on Seventh Street in a Lexus at about 10:25 p.m. A Volkswagen was driving northbound on Springdale Rd. and a Jeep was stopped at the intersection, westbound on East Seventh St. 

Witnesses told police that Harris sped through the intersection and T-boned the Volkswagen, killing the driver. When police arrived at the scene, they said Harris was laying on the ground with injuries. 

“Harris was incoherent and yelling in pain from the collision,” police wrote. “Harris had glassy, bloodshot, watery eyes and the heavy odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.” 

The passenger in the car with Harris told police that they had been drinking and smoking marijuana and “riding around.” Police also found an open beer can in the center console of the Lexus. Harris strapped to a backboard to be transported to the hospital so and so police were unable to conduct standard field sobriety tests. Harris was uncooperative and incoherent, police say. 

Harris was charged with second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter and his bail was set at $40,000. 

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