According to KXAN-TV, the crash took place on Interstate 35 early in the morning of Aug. 19. According to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, one of the drivers had spent the evening celebrating a birthday. Whether it was her own birthday or a friend’s is not clear, but Acevedo said that the fact that she was coming from a birthday party, along with what happened next, strongly suggests that the motorist was intoxicated. It is not clear if the driver was tested for alcohol.
The driver ended up going north on the southbound side of I-35. Just before she reached the upper and lower deck split, she crashed into a man driving the correct direction. That man was killed as a result. The female driver and her passenger sustained “potentially life-threatening injuries,” KXAN said.
Acevedo expressed sympathy “for everyone involved,” but said the accident should not have happened. “Drinking and driving do not mix,” the chief said.
Readers may wonder how the female driver ended up going the wrong way on the interstate. Without knowing more about this particular incident, alcohol and time of day can contribute to the confusion necessary to enter a highway through an exit ramp. When it is dark and there is little traffic, an intoxicated person is more likely to get mixed up, which often results in tragedy.