Motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead, 4 hurt near Austin


A teenager is tragically dead following a morning rollover crash near Austin, according to authorities. Texas State Troopers have confirmed that the teen was one of five who were involved in the single vehicle crash. Like many motor vehicle accidents, further investigation will be necessary before police determine whether charges will be filed. 

According to the report, the accident occurred on State Highway 130 near Austin. It appears the driver of a car carrying all five teens attempted to avoid another vehicle through a fast lane change, but the speed of the teens' car was estimated at some 100 mph. The car rolled and ended up on its roof in a ditch past an access road, and three of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle. 

Of the three, one was killed, but has not been publicly identified by police pending notification of next of kin. The other two teens thrown from the vehicle were hurt and taken to local hospitals. The remaining two occupants were pinned in the vehicle and required extraction by emergency personnel. They too were rushed to local hospitals, though at this time none of the teens' conditions are known. 

It is unclear whether the driver was killed in the wreck, but Texas police will continue to investigate until they have determined who was driving the car. If that individual survived, he or she could face criminal charges, particularly if police deem speed to have been a factor as it is in many motor vehicle accidents. The survivors and possibly the family of the deceased are entitled under state law to file personal injury and/or wrongful death suits in civil court. If the driver died, the suits could be directed at the driver's estate. 

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