Police: Woman dies after hit and run involving intoxicated driver

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman has died three days after an intoxicated man crashed into her vehicle and fled the scene on Jan. 7, according to an arrest affidavit.

Edgar Orlando Camateco-Mercado, 22, has been charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxication assault after the incident. Witnesses told police they saw Camateco-Mercado driving a Chevy Tahoe at high speeds without the headlights on around 9 p.m. approaching the intersection at Johnny Morris Road and Giles Road. The intersection had flashing red lights, which the witnesses said Camateco-Mercado drove straight through and hit a Dodge Journey.

Spinning out of control, the Tahoe then hit a Toyota sitting at the red light on Giles Road. The affidavit states, other drivers witnessed Camateco-Mercado immediately get out of the Tahoe and hide beer bottles before running off down the service road.

The driver of the Dodge Journey has died after days of surgeons trying to control the swelling in her brain. Police have identified the victim as 21-year-old Cristal Ortiz Lopez. She was pronounced dead on Jan. 10, three days after the crash.

Two passengers in Camateco-Mercado’s car told police they met with him to buy marijuana. They said he was in possession of an ounce of marijuana.

Officers were able to find Camateco-Mercado hiding in a nearby dumpster. He broke his flip phone in half and said “I ain’t no snitch” as he was approached by police.

Investigators noted that Camateco-Mercado had a strong smell of alcohol and slurred speech. Police say they found methamphetamines and marijuana in and around the Tahoe.

Camateco-Mercado is being held on a $1 million bond at the Travis County Jail.

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