Fatal hit-and-run suspect wanted on murder warrant turns himself in to Austin police
Austin Taylor Meade, 26, in custody, police say
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – New Braunfels police say a man wanted on a murder warrant in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash and carjacking Wednesday turned himself in to Austin police Friday morning.
Police said Austin Taylor Meade, 26, was evading authorities in a stolen truck when he ran a stop sign and crashed into 39-year-old Amber Williams' Ford Edge, killing her.
The crash occurred at the intersection of County Line Road and Dove Crossing near the entrance to Fischer Park.
San Antonio police said the truck was stolen Tuesday night out of San Antonio. New Braunfels authorities said the owner of the truck called police to report they had found it at an apartment complex in New Braunfels. David Ferguson, a spokesman for the city of New Braunfels, said police went to the complex, but before they could confront Meade, he sped off in the stolen truck and caused the deadly crash shortly after.
After the crash, police said Meade ran to Fischer Park and flagged a woman down at the entrance to the park. Authorities initially believed he stole the woman's car at knifepoint, but further investigation revealed the woman voluntarily gave him a ride to her home in the 1100 block of Blazewood Drive, police said.
The woman told authorities Meade was in her home for a few minutes before he threatened her with a kitchen knife and took her vehicle. Police said the man took off with her silver, 2012 Kia Forte.
Police said that while Meade has turned himself in, the investigation into the aggravated robbery and fatal crash continues and more charges may be forthcoming.
Meade was taken into custody on a warrant for first-degree murder. He is being held in Travis County and will be transferred to Comal County.
He is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.
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