Suspect in deadly South Austin crash charged with intoxication manslaughter

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Police have identified a suspect in the car crash in South Austin that left two dead on Friday, Jan. 3.

Mario Ruiz-Leyva, 18, is charged with two counts of manslaughter, two counts of intoxication manslaughter, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, intoxication assault, and one count of leaving the scene of a crash.

According to the police report, Ruiz-Leyva was driving the Chevy Malibu that crashed into the Toyota Camry on the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 service road and East Ben White Boulevard service road under the influence of alcohol. He was still belted in the driver’s seat when Austin EMS treated him.

Austin police officers said the Chevy Malibu sideswiped a van on Interstate 35, then exited and ran the red light at Ben White Boulevard. The Malibu collided with the passenger side of a Toyota Camry headed westbound on Ben White, causing the Camry to flip upside down.

Two men in the Camry, 45-year-old Brian Vogt and 40-year-old David Lorbati, died in the crash. Two people in Malibu were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with life-threatening injuries.

Police say the van struck on the Interstate was the only witness to the events surrounding this crash. However, no one witnessed the T-bone crash.

Ruiz-Leyva had not been booked into the Travis County Jail because he was still in the hospital.

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