The man wanted for stealing a vehicle in Ohio and later crashing it along Interstate 35 in San Marcos was taken off life support and died Dec. 9.
San Marcos police said they were called to northbound I-35 near Posey Road around 7:20 a.m. Dec. 6 for a crash. Witnesses told police a Pontiac with Ohio plates lost control in the rain and crashed into the center concrete barrier. Police tried to detain the driver, 30-year-old Michael Ray Russell of Wooster, Ohio, who attempted to flee from the officer. SMPD said Russell ran across the interstate twice before he was struck by a Dodge pickup, and that the officer did not follow him into traffic.
The SMPD investigation claimed they learned Russell’s vehicle had been reported stolen in Wooster, Ohio, and that he was wanted on a warrant in Michigan for Receiving Stolen Property – Motor Vehicle.
After the crash, Russell was initially taken to Seton-Hays Hospital in Kyle and then flown to Dell Seton Medical Center in critical condition. Police added Russell had a fractured skull, broken femur in the collision and put on life support. Russell died around 12:45 a.m. Dec. 9 when he was taken off life support, and an autopsy will be conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner.
The driver of the pickup who struck Russell will not face charges, SMPD added.
This was San Marcos' sixth traffic fatality in 2017.