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Suspect charged with murder in Round Rock crash involving death of juvenile, stolen vehicle

The crash happened at the intersection of Louis Henna Boulevard and La Frontera Boulevard.

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Round Rock Police Department is investigating a deadly crash that happened Sunday evening. 

The crash happened at the intersection of Louis Henna Boulevard and La Frontera Boulevard at around 6 p.m. on July 31. 

Prior to the crash, an officer was pursuing the suspect, 25-year-old Leandro Brito-Martinez, for driving a stolen car. An affidavit obtained by KVUE on Aug. 3 said the officer "reported the stolen vehicle was actively evading him westbound on Louis Henna Blvd., weaving through traffic." The affidavit also said Brito-Martinez appeared to be driving at a high rate of speed.

Officials said the crash involved the stolen car, another vehicle and a pedestrian. The 14-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in the crash, which reportedly was a result of Brito-Martinez running a red light and striking the other vehicle.

Brito-Martinez fled the crash on foot, but officers caught him after a short chase.

According to the affidavit, Brito-Martinez admitted in an interview with a detective that he saw the officer pursuing him with his lights on. He also said he was going too fast to stop before the collision.

In a call to his girlfriend during that interview, Brito-Martinez reportedly said that he remembered "the impact of the accident and seeing a body being thrown."

The owner of the stolen vehicle said he does not know Brito-Martinez, according to the affidavit. 

As of Aug. 1, Brito-Martinez has been charged with murder.

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