Driver charged in 5-year-old son’s death

Marco Oliva-Quevedo, 27

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver involved in the Northeast Austin crash on Tuesday that killed his 5-year-old son and another man has been charged with murder and intoxication manslaughter.

Police say more charges against Marco Oliva-Quevedo, 27, are pending. He was driving the 2011 Honda Civic that T-boned a 2004 Ford F-150 after running a red light at Harris Branch Parkway and East Parmer Lane.

Police say Oliva-Quevedo was headed east on Parmer Lane around 6:50 p.m. when he ran into the driver’s side of the truck, causing the truck to roll. While the 44-year-old driver of the truck, Johnny Viera, had on his seat belt, he was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Deadly crash on Harris Branch Parkway at East Parmer Lane. (Julie Karam/KXAN)
Deadly crash on Harris Branch Parkway at East Parmer Lane. (Julie Karam/KXAN)

Oliva-Quevedo was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries, while his passengers — both children — were taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. That’s where his 5-year-old son, Leyland Oliva, later died.

Leyland’s mom, Julie Quintanilla, says she hasn’t had contact with Marco, who is her common law husband.

“Going home to an empty house and seeing all of their stuff there is what kills me the most,” said a teary Julie.

This case is still being investigated, and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit detectives at 512-974-5594.

The family of Viera has setup a site to raise funds for his funeral. 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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