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Austin police name man hit, killed by semi while trying to cross I-35

The crash happened near 16th Street in Central Austin just after 3 a.m. Sept. 2.

AUSTIN, Texas — The pedestrian who was hit and killed by a semi-truck early Labor Day morning on Interstate Highway 35 has been identified by police.

The crash happened near 16th Street in Central Austin just after 3 a.m. Sept. 2. According to officials, 30-year-old Edgar Montoya was trying to cross the roadway when the semi and other vehicles hit him. 

The driver of the semi stayed on the scene as first responders arrived.

According to Austin-Travis County EMS, when medics arrived they found the man dead on the scene.

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Southbound I-35 lanes were completely shut down in the 1500 block of I-35, Austin police said. The lanes were reopened at about 7 a.m. later that morning. 

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the Austin Police Department's vehicular homicide unit at 512-974-8544.

Austin police said reminded pedestrians that they should not try to cross the interstate, especially at night.

"We get a lot of 18-wheelers up and down I-35. If somebody tries to cross the road in the middle of the night, they're taking a chance with their own life," said an Austin police officer.

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