Driver dies after jumping from MoPac bridge following collision

UPDATE: The Austin Police Department is investigating a crash that happened on the Northbound side of MoPac on Saturday afternoon, leaving one man dead.

APD says multiple 911 calls came in around 4:24 PM about a reckless driver weaving in-and-out of traffic. Witnesses told officials a silver SUV hit the guardrail and that the driver deliberately jumped into Lady Bird Lake.

APD and EMS were on scene for several hours. Crews scouring the lake in hopes of a rescue. The Austin Fire Department was on scene, too. APD's dive team relieved EMS and AFD.

They went into the water around 6:30 PM and after spotting something an hour-- or so-- later, they went in with more equipment to make the recovery. APD says witnesses gave them a general location about where the man landed and that helped them pinpoint their search area.

The man's body was recovered from Lady Bird Lake, but why he jumped remains one of the questions they are trying to answer. He is being described as a black male in his mid-30's. His identity is not being released, pending notification of next of kin.


AUSTIN, Texas-- A driver on MoPac Expressway allegedly jumped into Lady Bird Lake following a collision, according to officials.

Multiple witnesses say the alleged driver jumped from the MoPac bridge after crashing into another vehicle. The incident was reported to Austin Police around 4:24 P.M.

Crews are on scene at Lady Bird Lake searching for the driver. The Austin Fire Department searched the area for half an hour, but nobody was found.

A recovery operation by the Austin Police Department is expected to begin soon. APD says it is unclear if the driver—who witnesses say jumped into the lake— is still in the water.

There is an ongoing investigation. This story will be updated as information becomes available. 

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