APD: Man dies days after failing to yield right-of-way on FM 620

Northbound lanes of FM 620 were closed while police investigated a crash Saturday, September 10, 2016. (KXAN Viewer Photo)
Northbound lanes of FM 620 were closed while police investigated a crash Saturday, September 10, 2016. (KXAN Viewer Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin police identified a man who died after, they say, he failed to yield the right-of-way while driving on FM 620 Saturday afternoon.

According to investigators, Diego Coleman Lafranco, 19, was stopped in the turning lane of Boulder Lane at the intersection of 620. According to a police report, the light at that intersection alternately provides a solid green arrow which gives that lane the right of way and a solid green on which you have to yield to northbound 620 vehicles.

Police said Lafranco attempted to turn during the solid green light and then stopped or slowed in the intersection when he was hit, on the passenger side of his car, by an oncoming vehicle. A witness at the scene backed up this account.

The crash caused both vehicles to spin before coming to a rest at the northeast corner of the intersection.

Lafranco was transported to Round Rock Medical Center where he later died. The other driver was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

This is Austin’s 49th fatal traffic crash and the 50th fatality of 2016. At this time in 2015, there were 77 traffic fatalities in Austin.

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