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UPDATED: 2 People Killed After Car Crashes Into Tree In South Austin
Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 10:55 AM CDT
UPDATE: Surviving victim Cliff Kinkade, 18, is listed as being in serious condition by a UMC Brackenridge spokesperson Saturday afternoon.
Two people are dead and another is in the hospital after a horrific crash in South Austin. The car smashed into a tree on Barton Hills Drive at Foxglen.
"Horrifying! I mean they had to be going 100mph for the car to split in half like that." Nina Miller said, she lives on Barton Hills Drive. "I heard a long screech and then a very heavy crash."
"They left the roadway and hit a tree," said Senior Austin Police Officer Virginia Higginbotham. Three people were inside the car.
"My husband and I both went flying out the door in our pajamas barefoot and ran across the street and there was just car debris everywhere," said Miller.
Miller says they found the car split in half. The back end wrapped around a tree. The front spun around landing about 20 feet away.
"I saw a man just sitting in half a car completely still and I started screaming," said Miller. One person was killed instantly. Two others were rushed to the hospital where one was pronounced dead before noon Friday.
Officer Higginbotham says it's too early in the investigation to know what went wrong, "A vehicular homicide unit will come out and they'll measure several points. Hopefully they'll be able to get an accurate speed."
Miller says they've had trouble with cars losing control in their neighborhood before, but nothing like this. "I've heard from my neighbor that cars go up on his lawn and he sees skid marks, so I guess it's more of a problem than I thought it was," she said.
Miller was the first to call 911, but says she was put on hold for five minutes.
Listed below are links to donation pages and meal donation pages for each affected family.
Hefley Family MealTrain Account:
If you would like to help Alyssa Hefley's family during this time, by signing up for meals, please go to http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=maobofo1ko0t and https://fundly.com/in-loving-memory-of-alyssa-hefley.
Clifford Kinkade's Donation page:
Donate if you can to help Clifford Kinkade and his family get through his recovery.
Newton Family Donation page:
A donation page has been set up for the family of Andrew Newton
Newton Family Sign Up Genius Meal Account:
If you would like to help Andrew Newton's family during this time, by signing up for meals, please go to:
(Photos in article from Nina Miller Studio.)