Woman killed in I-35 crash identified; alcohol possibly a factor

Austin police vehicle (KXAN FIle Photo)
FILE - Austin police department vehicle (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman rear-ended by another driver on Interstate 35 on Sunday, June 12, later died of her injuries.

Celia Loza-Aviles, 33, was driving a Toyota 4Runner northbound in the 2400 block of I-35, near E. Oltorf Street, when she began to slow for traffic. At around 1:53 a.m., Austin police say the driver of a Toyota Camry, driving at a high rate of speed, rear-ended the 4Runner, causing it to roll over.

There were no passengers in either vehicle. The driver of the Camry, who has not been identified, was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Loza-Aviles was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge where she later died from her injuries.

Police say alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash and criminal charges will be filed. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Detectives at 512-974-5594. This was Austin’s 31st fatal traffic crash and the 31st fatality of 2016, police said.

Traffic was slow after a motorcyclist crashed and flipped over the I-35 median near E. Riverside Drive and landed in the northbound lanes. The rider was then hit by at least one car. The man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

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