Chase leads to murder charges
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.