ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The driver in the wrong-way crash in Round Rock has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Austin police received several calls about the driver, John McClintock, 32, going northbound in the southbound lanes of I-35 around 4:00 a.m. A police chase ensued in Austin as officers followed the driver from the correct lanes. The pursuit ended with the crash in Round Rock around 4:15 a.m.
Police have not yet released the identity of the motorcyclist killed, but the victim’s family says 25-year-old Domonick Turner died in the crash. Turner’s father, Dale Turner, says his son was an Army veteran and completed two tours in Afghanistan.
“He was a great man, he’ll never be able to have that joy of having children,” said Dale Turner. Dominick’s family says he was coming back from Fort Hood where he was visiting friends when he was hit.
At this time there is no confirmation if alcohol or other impairment played a part in the crash.
“We are in the profession to prevent stuff like this from happening. The officers witnessed this happen, which is traumatic. It’s very difficult. Our officers were following this vehicle with lights activated, with the emergency lights activated, and we don’t have indication that the driver even recognized that police were attempting to get this driver’s attention,” said Senior police officer Nathan Blake.