AUSTIN – Police believe speed and weather were factors in an early Thursday morning crash that killed one man and critically injured another.
Emergency crews responded to the 3300 block of Northeast Drive, just north of Manor Road, around 12:20 a.m. Dec. 7. Police say a driver, described by EMS as a man believed to be in his 30s, may have been speeding when he crashed into a power pole and stopped in a yard before the vehicle caught fire.
The driver was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical injuries. The passenger in the car, also a man believed to be in his 30s, died at the scene.
Police added several power lines were downed in the crash, and Austin Energy’s outage map showed around 40 customers were without power as of 5:25 a.m.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The name of the man killed has not been released, pending notification of his family.