Fatal crash suspect arrested wearing only towel



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Posted on December 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 8:24 AM

AUSTIN -- A collision in Northwest Austin Friday night killed LISD Kindergarten teacher, Peggy Howard and her son, Cale Howard, a senior at Vandegrift High School.

Police charged Nicholas Michael Justin Wyzycowski, 21, with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of intoxication manslaughter along with multiple counts of felony assault. Wyzycowski was wearing only a towel when he was arrested.

Wyzycowski was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche south on FM 620 when he rear-ended a Toyota Prius. Witnesses say Wyzycowski's pickup was traveling between 80 and 100 mph. Both cars traveled into oncoming traffic, where Wyzycowski’s vehicle struck a Toyota Camry, an official said.

Peggy and Cale Howard were in the Toyota Prius. Peggy died at the scene, and Cale was pronounced dead at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center.

Peggy taught kindergarten at Steiner Ranch Elementary, where she worked since the school opened in 1996.

"Devastation, just absolute sadness. Because how do you explain to a five-year-old that their teacher is gone? And so we're just really going to miss her a lot," said Steiner Ranch Principal Susan Fambrough.

Three occupants of the Camry were also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. One suffered a broken neck and another had a broken back.

Police arrest affidavits show that Wyzycowski had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level more than three times the legal limit at 0.27.

Wyzycowski attempted to flee the scene on foot, but authorities apprehended him near the scene of the crash, police said. A witness pointed him out to officers at a nearby apartment complex.

Counselors were at Vandegrift High School Sunday afternoon to give support to any students who needed it.

Principal Fambrough said staff and parents have already been called. Staff will talk directly with the young students, especially those in Mrs. Howard's class, when school starts again.