Deceased: Christopher Brown, Black male, D.O.B. 12/12/1977
The preliminary investigation shows that Christopher Brown attempted to cross IH-35 on foot from east to west while evading police following a robbery at a nearby convenience store. Mr. Brown jumped over a concrete barrier to cross the heavily-traveled roadway. As he entered the center lane, Brown ran into the rear portion of a passing 18-wheeler. Christopher Brown was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was unaware of the impact and no charges are expected to be filed.
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
This is Austin’s 69th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 70 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 64 fatal traffic crashes and 69 traffic fatalities.
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
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