Burnet High school student, man killed in U.S. 183A hit-and-run crash in Leander; suspect in custody

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Editorial Note: The suspect vehicle is a two-door BMW sedan.

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Two people are dead after a hit-and-run crash early Wednesday morning in Leander.

Police say, after several hours of searching, they took the suspected driver into custody and identified him as Alan Justin Gaytan, 21, of Hutto.

Police say Gaytan was traveling southbound on U.S. 183 A in a BMW just north of Bryson Ridge Trail around 12:20 a.m. and ran a red light, hitting a motorcycle that was heading north on U.S. 183 A. Eyewitnesses tell us that motorcycle was making a U-turn when it was hit.

Two people on the bike were killed. One was a man in his 40s. The other was a 17-year-old who attended Burnet High School. The school sent out an email offering condolences and saying that counselors would be on hand to talk with students.

Witnesses tell us after the crash, the car spun out near the gas station along the southbound lanes. Police say the driver, later identified as Gaytan, then left his car and ran away.

Just after 6 a.m. they released this photo of Gaytan in a nearby convenience store following the crash. After leaving the store, he ran into a wooded area, police say.

Surveillance video of suspected driver who police say ran a red light and hit and killed two people on a motorcycle. (Courtesy: Leander Police Department)

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