One person is dead and two more are in the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after two separate crashes involving scooters took place in downtown Austin early Monday morning.
The Austin Police Department said the first crash happened at around 1:25 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Eighth and San Jacinto Streets. The two scooter riders were struck with a vehicle, and both adult patients are currently hospitalized with serious injuries, Austin-Travis County EMS said.
About an hour later, a man died at the scene in an "apparent scooter collision" at 2706 E. 13th St near the intersection of Walnut Avenue, APD and ATCEMS said. No vehicle has been found related to the crash, and APD is continuing to investigate the death.
The death marks the second scooter-related death in less than two weeks as a memorial grows for 32-year-old local graffiti artist Adam Gaconnet, who was scootering home from work when he was killed on East Seventh Street on April 29. The memorial, located at the crash site on Allen and Gunter Streets, has seen an immense outpouring as friends and family remember Gaconnet, whose work can be seen around Austin with the tag "Zomek."
The driver involved in Gaconnet's crash, 21-year-old Francisco Jauregui, faces a driving while intoxicated charge from the crash. The driver involved in the second scooter crash remained at the scene.
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The crash took place on FM 973 in Manor around 4:30 p.m., and by 5:30, Austin-Travis County EMS had left the scene with one patient in tow. The patient was taken to St. David's North Austin Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The other drivers were left with little to no injuries.
#ATCEMSMedics responding to a reported collision involving 7 vehicles & an 18-wheeler 13000-13149 N Fm 973 Rd (16:24) Expect #ATXTraffic delays in the area & #MoveOverSlowDown if you are passing by. No information on patients at this time. More information to follow. pic.twitter.com/vMRDlhzXJB
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) January 4, 2022
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Christina Garcia-Mata, a teacher at Akins Early College High School in Austin, was identified as the hiker who was found dead in the Franklin Mountains in El Paso on Monday.
The El Paso Fire Department found a dead body after receiving a missing hiker report on Monday afternoon. Officials identified the body as Garcia-Mata of Austin on Tuesday and said the incident was an accident where a strip of water swept her away and she did not survive her injuries.
This is the first hiker death in the last few years, an EPFD spokesperson said. Officials advise avoiding the mountains during the rainy season.
The 39-year-old teacher had been teaching at Akins since 2006, where she has taught teen leadership, U.S. history, social and emotional learning and advancement via individual determination. She grew up in El Paso and attended college there at the University of Texas at El Paso, her biography on Akins site states.
Austin ISD will have guidance counselors available to students who may want to talk about the loss of Garcia-Mata.
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