Manslaughter suspect in 2009 crash captured in South Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) —  A man charged with involuntary manslaughter in 2012 was arrested Tuesday by members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Police said Edgardo Lopez-Valadez, 31, was responsible for a 2009 Pflugerville crash that killed 37-year-old Rafael Garcia.

The three-vehicle crash happened on FM 1825 near Vision Drive when Lopez-Valadez allegedly turned in front of Garcia, causing a head-on collision, police said. The impact caused Garcia to run into the back of a Chevy Tahoe.

Lopez-Valadez, a Mexican national, was not charged in connection to the crash until 2012. Authorities arrested him at an apartment complex near Slaughter Lane and South 1st Street about 4:20 p.m. Task force members had him under surveillance leading up to the arrest, according to Austin police.

He is being held in the Travis County Jail on $80,000 bond. 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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