Police identify two pedestrians killed in separate weekend crashes

FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two men died over the weekend in south Austin and Buda after cars hit them in separate crashes.

The first happened Friday around 8:01 p.m. on the 800 block of W. Slaughter Lane, which is between Manchaca Road and South First Street. The Austin Police Department said a black Ford Fusion was driving eastbound in the center lane when it hit Sean Gayle, 30, who was crossing in the middle of the block. Gayle died at the scene and the driver stayed nearby.

On Saturday, a Toyota Highlander exited the State Highway 45 ramp and was trying to merge onto Interstate 35 heading south when the car hit Juan Estrada, 55. Police say Estrada was standing in the road and died at the scene. The driver stayed.

Police are still investigating both cases, and ask that anyone who may have witnessed either crash to call them at 512-974-8544. There have been 69 traffic fatalities in 2017 and 64 fatal crashes.

The Texas Department of Transportation is working on a “BE SAFE BE SEEN” pedestrian safety campaign which will be launched Wednesday. Last year 5,987 pedestrians died in the U.S., 29 of whom were in Austin.

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