Driver blows 0.102 after deadly crash, documents reveal

Wade Atwood

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man accused of driving drunk before hitting and killing a pedestrian Saturday morning blew over the legal limit in a breath test.

The crash happened just after 1 a.m. Saturday on the northbound side of the Interstate 35 frontage road near East Eighth Street.

According to an arrest affidavit, 40-year-old Wade Atwood told police he pulled out of the Wendy’s parking lot and was heading north in the left lane of the I-35 frontage road. That’s when he said a pedestrian walked off the median and in front of his car.

Paramedics rushed the pedestrian to nearby University Medical Center Brackenridge where the pedestrian was pronounced dead.

Atwood admitted to having two beers and blew a 0.102 on a breath test, according to the documents.

“Odor of alcohol faint at first, got stronger as the interview went on and he talked more,” police reported. “During walk-and-turn, sway was so bad it looked like he may fall at one point.”

Jail records Sunday no longer listed Atwood as in custody.

While officers were handling the arrest, another suspected impaired driver attempted to pass through the police scene. KXAN News caught that driver on camera.

According to court documents, police noticed Ramiro Sosa, 35 — the second driver — passed through a well-lit barricade, almost hitting several officers.

Sosa admitted to taking one hydrocodone, the documents say, but he refused a breath test.

Police indicated Sosa has had a DWI conviction in the past.

Police also say a third driver was arrested for suspected DWI in the area.

According to Travis County Jail records, Sosa remained in jail with bond set at $10,750.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo posted to Twitter Sunday that, “Carnage caused by DWI will not get better until we stop giving probation & slap on wrist to DWI killers.”

Police have yet to release the name of the pedestrian who was killed. Officials could not confirm Sunday afternoon that the family had been notified. 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. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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