Man dies in freak accident, woman charged with DWI

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are looking into a freak accident that happened early Tuesday morning in Southeast Austin, leading to a DWI arrest.

Paula Torres, 32, and a Sergio David Cruz, were pulling into a Jack in the Box at 6133 East Ben White Boulevard when the passenger reportedly opened the truck door while it was still moving. He fell out and hit his head at 2:37 a.m., according to police.

EMS crews took him to University Medical Center Brackenridge and pronounced dead at 3:13 a.m.

Police say there are indications he was drunk, but Torres was arrested on DWI charges.

Vehicular Homicide detectives are investigating, but police say the case will likely be changed to be classified as an accidental death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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