Pedestrian killed in south Austin crash identified

Austin-Travis County EMS said a man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
Austin-Travis County EMS said a man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The pedestrian who was hit and killed after he fell trying to cross South First Street has been identified as Michael Joseph Howard, 54.

Howard was hit on the 600 block of West St. Elmo Road near South First Street just before 10 p.m. Sept. 18. A Chevrolet Tahoe was approaching the intersection, which had a green light, when Howard was hit.

Police say Howard fell down twice in the road meaning the driver could not see him until it was too late and he was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian. The Tahoe driver stayed to see if Howard was okay. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges are expected to be filed against the driver.

According to investigators, Howard may have been intoxicated at the time he was crossing. A toxicology report is underway.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594.

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