A 15-year-old girl was killed and two other people were hospitalized when a tractor-trailer ran a red light and crashed into the vehicle she was riding in, according to Department of Public Safety officials. The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. Thursday along the northbound SH 130 service road near Parmer Lane.
DPS said Delia Ramirez died shortly after midnight at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Ramirez was a sophomore at Del Valle High School.
Margarita Ramirez, 37, was was also taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries, and a 22-month-old child was taken with serious injuries to Dell Children’s Medical Center. The two are expected to be OK, authorities added.
Authorities say the 38-year-old truck driver from Virginia was distracted while looking down at his GPS when he ran through the red light. The collision also caused the semi to catch fire.
The crash is still under investigation and a DPS spokesperson said it is unclear at this time whether the driver of the truck will be charged.
Officers say if you cause a wreck because you were distracted by your GPS, at the very minimum you will likely face a Class C misdemeanor and a fine. But you could also face a number of other charges depending on other factors in the case. Austin’s newly adopted hands-free ordinance says drivers cannot enter or change information on a GPS device while driving.