Time: 8:55 p.m.
Date: Sunday, January 1, 2023
Location: 3000 block S US 183 NB
Deceased: Unidentified person
Arrested: Benito Mondragon Mercado, 33-years-old
On Sunday, January 1, 2023, at approximately 8:55 p.m., Austin Police Department (APD) officers responded to a crash between an SUV and a sedan driven by Benito Mondragon Mercado in the 3000 block of S US 183. A passenger in the car with Mondragon Mercado was taken to a hospital, where the unidentified person died a short time later. Mondragon Mercado was arrested for Intoxicated Manslaughter.
This incident is being investigated as Austin's 1st fatal crash of 2023, resulting in one fatality for the year. There were no fatal crashes on the date of this crash in 2022.
These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash, and the investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.