Austin musician riding motorcycle killed in suspected drunk-driving crash

Adam Jumper playing his guitar (Courtesy: Benjamin Londa)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after leaving a South Austin bar and crashing into and killing a motorcyclist on South Lamar Boulevard early Saturday morning, according to court documents.

Austin police said Lucas Cook, 35, left Baker Street Pub with a passenger around 1:08 a.m. The preliminary investigation shows that Cook was driving southbound in the 3500 block of South Lamar Boulevard, and turning into an apartment complex at 3505 South Lamar Boulevard.

Adam Jumper, 39, was heading north on South Lamar on his motorcycle when Cook allegedly ran into him. According to police, Cook failed to yield to the motorcyclist. Jumper was taken to the hospital but died a short time later.

Courtesy of Ben Londa
Courtesy of Ben Londa

Cook’s passenger told police they were at Baker Street Pub for about an hour before the crash, and Cook said the same thing. An officer at the scene said Cook had a heavy odor of alcohol, eyes were bloodshot and had slurred speech, according to court documents. Cook also turned down a field sobriety test, according to the affidavit.

Jumper had been a guitarist with the band Exit for a little more than four years. In the past, he performed with the group at official South By Southwest events and multiple gigs and festivals.

“He was kind of a metal head and a funk guy, so for him to come play in our band was very different for him I’m sure, but he fit right in,” explained Ben Londa, founder of Exit. “He was a strange guitar player, and it just worked really well. And I don’t know how we could have existed without him.”

Londa said they had last played together a couple weeks ago. The group has been on hiatus for about a year and a half, but recently decided to ramp everything back up.

“He was always experimenting and trying different ways to do things; he made my songs definitely better just by adding his own flair and touch to them,” said Londa, who is also a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. “He opened my eyes to a different way of playing, and all that doesn’t matter because it was the person that he was that matters.”

Londa said he had talked to Jumper through text messages only two hours before he was killed.

“To have something like that happen that could have so easily been preventable, I’m speechless,” said Londa, “I don’t have the words for it.”

Londa said at this point, he doesn’t know what is going to happen to the group, but whenever they play again, it will be for Jumper.

“I can’t get Adam’s voice out of my head, I can’t get our last interaction out of my head, I can’t stop thinking about his family and his girlfriend,” said Londa. “He was wonderful; he was very, very kind, very big-hearted, very funny, just one of the greatest guys to be around. Nothing ever got him down; he was always in a good mood.”

You can see more of Adam Jumper.

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