Driver charged with intoxication manslaughter in I-35 crash

Carlos Limones-Ortega
Carlos Limones-Ortega

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is facing intoxication manslaughter charges following a deadly crash along Interstate 35 in South Austin on Sunday. Police say Carlos Ruben Limones-Ortega, 22, was heading north near Slaughter Lane when he lost control of the pickup he was driving. The Ford F-250 crossed three lanes of traffic and struck a concrete retaining wall before careening over it and landing on its top below a northbound service road bridge.

Limones-Ortega and another woman pinned in the truck were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries. Jennifer Lynn Higginbotham, 28, died at the scene.

At least one person called 911 warning that the truck was driving recklessly, police said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Limones-Ortega told police he had been on a float trip in San Marcos and drank a six-pack of beer as well as rum. He blew a .119 during a breath test, the arrest affidavit said. The legal limit is .08. If convicted, Limones-Ortega could spend between 2-20 years in prison.

This was Austin’s 32nd deadly traffic crash and 39th death of 2014. At this time in 2013, there were 51 deadly crashes and 52 deaths.

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