APD identifies man killed after crashing into moving train in East Austin

A driver is dead following a police pursuit that ended with a deadly crash involving a train in East Austin Friday, May 12.

Austin police said around 2:25 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Neches Street and 7th Street and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a sedan driven by David Earl Bedford Jr., 29.

The incident started when officers observed suspicious behavior on cameras in the area of Neches and 7th St. Police say someone was walking around touching car door handles and eventually entered one of the vehicles.

When police told the person to get out of the car, they say it became apparent that the man was intoxicated. 

At that point, he turned the car on and led police on a high-speed pursuit driving through barricades and over curbs as he headed eastbound on 7th Street.

The sedan later crashed into a moving train in the 2300 block of E 7th Street. Bedford was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Anyone with any information should contact APD's Vehicular Homicide unit at 512-974-8111. You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting austincrimestoppers.org or calling 512-472-8477.