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Man Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter For Fatal South Austin Crash

Updated: Tuesday, August 12 2014, 07:57 PM CDT

Police have charged a man for a South Austin traffic crash that left a woman dead Sunday night.

According to the arrest affidavit, 22-year-old Carlos Ruben Limones-Ortega is charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony.

It happened at around 9:30 p.m. in the 10100 block of South I-35, just south of the Slaughter Lane intersection.

Court documents say police were notified by 9-1-1 that a truck had gone over a guardrail. When officers arrived at the scene they found the truck upside down and wedged under a frontage road bridge.

The driver, Limones-Ortega, the driver side passenger and a rear passenger were hanging upside down by their seatbelts. Emergency crews were able to pull Limones-Ortega and the driver side passenger from the wreck, but the rear passenger was wedged between the roof of the truck's cab and the lower part of the window, the affidavit says.

The rear passenger, identified as Jennifer Lynn Higginbotham, was pronounced deceased at about 10 p.m.

Police say the group was returning from San Marcos after floating down the river. Limones-Ortega told officers that he drank a six-pack of Modelo beer and some Malibu rum, court documents say.

Court documents say Limones-Ortega was arrested after he blew a .119 on a Breathalyzer test. The legal limit in Texas is .08.

(Photo from the Austin Police Department.)

Man Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter For Fatal South Austin Crash


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