AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 41-year-old man is in jail charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter after police say he crossed a center median on US 183 and slammed into two vehicles killing two people Saturday afternoon.
According to an arrest affidavit, Guy Brasted was driving his Jeep northbound on US 183 near MoPac when he lost control, drove off the freeway and crossed the cable barrier. Brasted struck a Fiat, that was headed southbound, head-on.
The driver of the Fiat, a 38-year-old woman, Nancy Latulippe, and her son, Jackson Latulippe, 14, both died at the scene. The other two passengers in the Fiat, Latulippe’s husband, 41, and their 10-year-old daughter were taken to the hospital. A third vehicle was involved but the driver in that vehicle did not sustain any major injuries.
On Monday, a family member told KXAN Latulippe’s daughter is doing okay and will soon be released from the hospital. The family member said Latulippe’s husband remains on life support. He also said the family is from Southern California and was vacationing in Austin, adding that they were on their way to the airport to fly home at the time of the crash.
Nick Crawford pulled up to the mangled crash just after it happened. “I look over and I see basically three cars kind of in a pileup and my first reaction was basically to get out of the car and see what I could do to help the people.”
Crawford said he saw ten-year-old Kiera Latulippe standing outside of the car, but by the time he made his way around the side of the car, Crawford said it was too late to try and help 14-year-old Jackson.
“It looked like he took his last breath,” Crawford said.
Authorities drew Brasted’s blood at the hospital and determined he had a Blood Alcohol Concentration level of .203, which is more than two times the legal limit. ‘It was reckless of Guy Brasted to ingest alcoholic beverages before driving a motor vehicle on a public roadway,” according to the affidavit.
Brasted is also charged with one count of intoxication assault. He is currently being held on a $200,000 bond.