2022 was the most dangerous year on Austin roadways

January 13, 2023

At the very least 125 individuals passed away in web traffic collisions on Austin roadways in 2014, an all-time high that damaged the previous document of 118 collection simply one year prior to.

KUT tallied the casualty utilizing information from the Austin Cops Division, Texas Division of Transport and also the Texas Division of Public Security.

” It’s been a harsh year, and also it simply remains to rise annually,” stated Renee Fox, an Austin authorities investigator whose obligations consist of replying to collapse scenes and also informing loved ones that their liked ones have actually passed away.

One of the most typical reasons behind the harmful collisions were speeding up, drunkenness and also sidetracked driving. Concerning three-quarters of web traffic fatalities in Austin got on state-owned freeways where individuals can drive quicker.

You can see some information from each web traffic fatality in our interactive map.

Each access in the map consists of an initial authorities record. The brief, tersely composed stories provide a basic concept of what took place. Yet they do not totally communicate the human toll exacted by each harmful collision, neither the long-lasting discomfort brought upon on love ones left.

Take, for instance, the fatality of Greyson Turner Jr.

On a cozy September evening, the 19-year-old was standing beside his automobile in the car park of Chase Financial institution in the Funding Plaza shopping mall. A vehicle driver on the northbound I-35 gain access to roadway was going as well quickly, authorities state, blew up of the automobile and also diverted right into the car park, eliminating Greyson.

A field diagram from the crash report showing how a vehicle veered off the frontage road and hit Greyson Turner Jr.

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An area layout from the collision record demonstrating how a lorry diverted off the frontage roadway and also struck Greyson Turner Jr.
A portrait of Greyson Turner, wearing a blue and black shirt, smiling outside a home with a brick exterior.

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Greyson Turner, 19, liked bike riding with his uncle and also ended up being a master angler at a young age, according to his obituary.
32-year-old Adam Gaconnet is shown in a black and white photo. He's got a nose ring and long hair and is smiling, wearing a baseball cap. A strand of Christmas tree lights is behind him.

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Adam Gaconnet, 32, liked functioning songs events and also being a graffiti musician, according to his obituary.

Greyson matured in Buda where he played football, created songs and also swam in the San Marcos River.

” He was constantly a great deal of enjoyable to be about,” Greyson’s obituary reviews. “His power can brighten any kind of space he strolled in.”

Greyson was amongst 51 pedestrians and also bikers eliminated this year, a document high, according to the city’s Vision No workplace.

2 individuals were eliminated while on mobility scooters. Among them was 32-year-old Adam Gaconnet. He was riding house from work with East Seventh Road when a presumed inebriated chauffeur collapsed right into him.

Gaconnet was a musician and also songs enthusiast whose “Zomtek” graffiti tags can still be located around Austin. He left a mark on his pals, as well. They publish messages to his Facebook web page stating they miss him.

The youngest individual eliminated in web traffic in 2014 was 3-year-old Amira Owens. She was being in her safety seat when the individual driving the automobile blew up, diverted off the freeway, struck a concrete drain ditch and also turned, squashing Amira in the rear seat.

A male doing upkeep job, 41-year-old Cesar Ramirez-Hernandez, was additionally eliminated.

A GoFundMe for Amira’s household had actually increased just $3,092 of the $12,000 objective.

Three pictures side-by-side of 3-year-old Amira Owens

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Amira Owens, 3, was caring and also lively, according to a GoFundMe established to elevate cash for funeral prices. She was the youngest individual to pass away in a website traffic collision in Austin in 2014.

While each death has its very own special conditions, city authorities are determined that with the ideal plans, web traffic fatalities can be removed.

” This is a public wellness dilemma,” Lewis Leff, the city’s transport security policeman, stated. “When we attempt to concentrate on private collisions, it type of sheds the lens of what are systemic problems we’re attempting to address.”

A lot of those systemic problems are outside the control of local government– like exactly how automobiles have actually ended up being larger and also greater, partially a competitors amongst travelers to purchase SUVs and also vehicles that make them really feel risk-free. Or exactly how decreasing psychological wellness throughout the pandemic stimulated boosted alcohol and drug usage while driving.

Various other variables do drop under city territory, however sources are restricted. The Vision No workplace states its initiatives have actually lowered web traffic fatalities and also severe injuries at a few of the city’s most unsafe crossways by making crosswalks a lot more noticeable, updating web traffic signals, including averages and also expanding aesthetics.

The city’s Public Functions Workplace is utilizing numerous bucks in voter-approved financial debt to boost security on significant roadways like William Cannon, where pedestrian crossings are restricted and also dips in the disregarded road surface area can take unwary motorists unsuspecting.

At the same time, web traffic enforcement stays fairly lax in the city. Austin’s authorities division, pestered with staffing lacks, no more has a full time drunk driving group seeking intoxicated motorists. The web traffic enforcement device has actually been removed of policemans that have actually been reassigned to patrol obligations like replying to 911 telephone calls.

” We should not approve any person passing away on our roadways,” Leff stated. “No fatalities is the ideal number. Nobody wishes to shed a relative or good friend on the road when it can have been stopped.”

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