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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A suspect was arrested around two blocks from Rainey Street after reportedly attacking three people with an axe at around 10 p.m. Friday night, according to the Austin Police Department.
Two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening, Austin EMS said, while one person with minor injuries refused medical attention. APD said the attack started as a disturbance between residents and that one man was brought into custody on 85 Trinity Street.
No further information is available at this time.
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