AUSTIN (KXAN) — An allegedly drunk driver lost control of his Jeep and crossed the median on US Highway 183 in an area where the cable barrier had been damaged that morning. Three members of a family of four visiting Austin from California died as a result of that collision.
The Texas Department of Transportation confirmed the barrier on US 183 near north MoPac was damaged at 8 a.m. Nov. 11 and crews went out to assess it. They placed a sign warning of the damaged guardrail as well as reflective safety cones. Around 3:30 p.m. that same day, police say Guy Brasted, 41, hit the same barrier and veered into oncoming traffic.
Nancy Latulippe, 38, and her 14-year-old son, Jackson, died at the scene. Scott Latulippe, 41, had severe brain damage and was taken off life support Nov. 17. The family’s 10-year-old daughter, Kiera, survived.
Police say Brasted was not seriously injured, and when staff drew his blood at the hospital his Blood Alcohol Concentration was .203. The legal limit is .08.
TxDOT says crews have seven days after a barrier is hit to repair it. They fixed it Nov. 14.