Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 11:19 p.m.
Location: 7600 block of Bluff Springs Rd.
Deceased: Fabian Morales, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 12-20-01)
Arrested: Jorge Luis Lopez-Dominguez, Hispanic male, 20 years of age
The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2012 Chevrolet truck and a red, 2005, Infinity sedan were in the parking lot near the 7600 block of Bluff Springs Rd. when they decided to have a road race. The Chevrolet truck and the Infiniti drove south near the 8200 block of Bluff Springs Rd. to start the race. The Chevrolet truck was in the left lane and the Infiniti was in the right lanes of northbound Bluff Springs Rd. As they raced, the Infiniti pulled way ahead of the Chevrolet truck. As the Infiniti approached the 7600 block of Bluff Springs Rd., the Infiniti attempted to turn left into the parking lot where they had previously been sitting. The Chevrolet truck hit the driver’s side of the Infiniti as it was attempting the turn. The Infiniti spun several times and came to final rest against a pole on the west side of the roadway. The driver of the Infiniti was transported to St. David’s South Austin Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries at 12:18 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The driver of the Chevrolet truck initially fled the scene after the crash but returned to the scene later.
Jorge Luis Lopez-Dominguez was arrested and has been charged with two second degree felonies, racing on a highway and fail to stop and render aid. His total bond amount is $100,000.
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
This is Austin’s fifth fatal traffic crash of 2020, resulting in five fatalities this year. At this time in 2019, there was one traffic fatality.
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
Booking photo of Lopez-Dominguez: