The preliminary investigation shows that a 2010, red Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2014, silver Chevrolet Malibu were driving northbound in the 3500 block of Montopolis at a very high rate of speed. The Tahoe hit the back of the Impala and lost control, leaving the roadway. The Tahoe spun and hit bushes on the LCRA property located at 3505 Montopolis Drive. It continued across the parking lot, striking a tree and coming to rest by the loading dock of the building. The back seat passenger, Josephine Guerra, was ejected during the crash and pronounced deceased at the scene at 5:26 a.m. The driver of the Tahoe and two other passengers fled the scene on foot.
The driver of the Malibu is cooperating with this open and ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android.
This is Austin’s 49th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 50 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 40 fatal traffic crashes and 41 traffic fatalities.
These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
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