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A Third Family Member Dies Following an Alleged Drunk Driving Crash in Austin, Texas

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At about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017, a deadly crash occurred after the driver of a Jeep reportedly crossed a grassy median, plowed through a highway dividing cable, and crashed into oncoming traffic on Research Boulevard near Loop 360 in North Austin. The Jeep collided first with a Fiat and then a BMW. Nancy Latulippe, age 38, and her son Jackson, age 14, were two of the four people in the Fiat. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Nancy’s daughter Kiera suffered non-life threatening injuries. Nancy’s husband, Scott, however, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center. He died after being taken off of life support on Friday, November 17. The family of four was from the San Diego, California, area; they were on vacation in Austin when the crash occurred. The 41-year-old driver of the Jeep has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault serious bodily injury.

According to a police affidavit, the driver of the jeep suffered injuries in the crash and was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center. He blood was drawn, and he allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .203, which is more than twice the legal limited. On November 12, he was arrested and booked into the Travis County Jail in Austin and has a combined bond of $200,000.

The fatal crash is under investigation, and police are asking the public to assist by contacting the Vehicular Homicide Unit of the Austin Police Department with any information regarding events that led up to the deadly collision. The number to call is 512-974-6935.

–Guest Contributor