Two killed in hit-and-run crash in Leander, suspect in custody
LEANDER, Texas - Two people are dead in a hit-and-run car crash in Leander and police have taken the person responsible into custody.
The Leander Police Department has identified the suspect as 21-year-old Allan Justin Gaytan and the two victims have been identified as 40-year-old John Ware and his 17-year-old son, John Ware Jr. of Bertram, Texas.
"We would like to send the Ware family our deepest condolences. We are truly sorry for your loss," says Leander police.
Burnet ISD confirmed that Ware Jr. was a student at Burnet High School. Principal Casey Burkhart said in a statement sent out to parents:
"It is with heavy hearts that the Burnet High School family mourns the loss of one of our students involved in the hit-and-run crash early Wednesday morning in Leander. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy. Counselors will be on hand to offer any needed emotional support for staff and students."
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The crash happened at around 12:20 a.m. near Bryson Ridge. Leander police say that the Wares' motorcycle was headed eastbound through the intersection when a car hit them going southbound along the US 183 Frontage Road.
Investigators say that the motorcycle had the green light. The impact from the crash carried the car involved about 150 yards into a nearby convenience store parking lot.
Police say Gaytan entered the convenience store and then fled the scene into a nearby wooded area. After searching for Gaytan for several hours, police located Gaytan and he was taken to the hospital for emergency medical care.
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Officials say the investigation is still ongoing and that charges are currently pending.