Chase leads to murder charges

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

A man ac­cused of lead­ing po­lice on a high-speed chase in April that be­gan in north­ern Travis County and ended in a fa­tal crash in South Austin was in­dicted by a Travis County grand jury this week on two counts of murder.

Eliot Car­va­jal, 37, had pre­vi­ously been charged with evad­ing ar­rest and in­tox­i­ca­tion man­slaugh­ter.

A Travis County sher­iff’s deputy tried to pull over a Honda Ac­cord that Car­va­jal was driv­ing on April 26 af­ter a get­ting a re­port of a theft at a Wal­mart on In­ter­state 35 near Howard Lane, an af­fi­davit said.

Car­va­jal sped south on the high­way, even­tu­ally ex­it­ing at Rund­berg Lane and run­ning stop signs and stop­lights, the af­fi­davit said.

He sped through Cen­tral Austin, south on Guadalupe Street and south on South La­mar Boule­vard, where he crashed at the Brodie Lane in­ter­sec­tion, the af­fi­davit said.

Ken­neth Carter, who was pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied as Chad Francis, died at the scene. Hi­ram Espi­tia died later.

The in­dict­ment charges Car­va­jal with com­mit­ting felony murder by evad­ing ar­rest in a ve­hi­cle while driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated, speed­ing and com­mit­ting other dan­ger­ous acts.

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