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Police identify two killed in crash between pickup truck, semi-truck in South Austin

The crash happened at 6800 S. I-35 southbound around 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 19.

AUSTIN, Texas — Police have identified two people killed in a crash between a pickup truck and a semi-truck in South Austin on Feb. 19.

The man who died in the crash was identified as Damian Allen Michael Garza, 25. A woman, Victoria Nicole Rangel, 21, also died in the crash.

The crash happened at 6800 S. I-35 southbound around 8:50 p.m., according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

The Austin Police Department said the pickup truck, a 2018 black Ford F-150, was driving at a high rate of speed along I-35 southbound when the pickup crashed into the trailer of the semi-truck, a 2000 white Freightliner.

Garza and Rangel, the driver and passenger in the Ford pickup, were pronounced dead on the scene, police said. 

Anyone with any information on the crash is asked to contact APD's Vehicular Homicide Unit at 512-974-4424.

The crash was Austin's 18th fatal crash of 2021, resulting in 20 fatalities for the year. On the date of the crash in 2020, there were 19 fatal crashes resulting in 20 fatalities.


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