Police: Driver was under the influence in deadly crash

Kevin Anthony Murray

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver initially charged with intoxication assault is now facing intoxication manslaughter charges following a crash in Southeast Austin last week. Police say 20-year-old Marlene Sillero died Tuesday at University Medical Center Brackenridge as a result of injuries she sustained in the Nov. 30 crash.

The wreck happened about 3:30 a.m. when police say a Mazda 3 going west on Riverside Drive ran a red light and hit the passenger side of another car trying to turn onto Wickersham Lane.

A passenger in the Mazda said Kevin Anthony Murray, 23, had been driving erratically and ignored their pleas to slow down or stop the car, an arrest affidavit said. “We’re going to take a real joy ride now,” Murray told the three other people in the car, according to the document.

The passenger told police he saw Murray drinking beer and whiskey at a party they had been at. Murray later told police he had also used cocaine and smoked marijuana, the document said. Police also located a bag of mushrooms that one of the passengers allegedly tried to hide behind a wall near the crash site.

Officers said Murray was uncooperative when they arrived and he had to have a mask placed over his face after he attempted to spit his blood and saliva at police and medical workers, the affidavit said.

“Take me…do what you gotta do,” Murray reportedly yelled at officers. “I gotta face the consequences.”

A sedative was used on Murray before they took him to the hospital, the document added.

Another passenger in the car Murray hit suffered several broken bones. Murray is currently being held in the Travis County Jail on $150,000 bond.

This was Austin’s 53rd deadly traffic crash and the 60th death of 2014. At this time in 2013, there were 69 deadly crashes and 71 deaths.

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