After crash killed mother and son, police target speeders on US 183

Williamson County

Ed Burton’s whole world changed on March 21.

“It was the three of us and then within a blink of an eye, I’m all by myself, it’s a very lonely feeling,” explains Burton. “I saw the state troopers and I just opened the door and fell on my knees and started crying.”

Burton’s brother Norman and their mother Theresa were killed on US 183 when a jeep hit them head-on in a chain reaction crash. It’s still unclear what caused the collision but police are trying to prevent more deaths.

Monday through Thursday this week, DPS troopers and Leander police officers are helping Williamson County deputies patrol an 18-mile stretch of US 183, from Hero Way to SH 138. By Monday afternoon, Leander Officer Carlos Gonzalez had already pulled over 16 people for speeding, the highest speed was 83 mph in a 60 mph zone.

“You got the police on the side of the road, people see it and talk about it and it kind of just makes everyone more cognizant of paying attention to it,” explains Gonzalez.

Burton supports the idea of patrols but says ultimately, drivers are in control and they need to pay attention.

“It’s kind of just second nature to drive; you’re talking, you’re doing this, you’re messing with the radio, and it’s unfortunate, and unfortunate things happen when you do that,” he added.

From 2014 to so far in 2018, there have been 371 crashes on this stretch of US 183.

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