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Arrest Made After Motorcyclist Killed In North Austin Wreck

By Tony Cantu, Patch Staff

Sep 3, 2019 12:35 pm ET | Updated Sep 3, 2019 12:40 pm ET

AUSTIN, TX — A man has been arrested for driving drunk after a traffic wreck that killed a motorcyclist over the weekend.

The incident occurred on Sunday, Sept. 1, just before 5:20 a.m. along the 9200 block of Metric Boulevard. A preliminary police investigation revealed a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling northbound as a 2018 black Toyota Camry was southbound in the northbound lanes of Metric Boulevard.

Police said the Camry crashed head-on into the motorcycle, killing its driver. Police identified the motorcyclist as Felipe Ramirez, 25. According to birth date information provided by police, the victim would have turned 26 on Sept. 16. Austin-Travis County EMS previously estimated the motorcyclist's death as being in his 40s before the age was corrected by police in the latter's press advisory on Tuesday.

The driver of the Camry, Dionnet Suarez De La Cruz, 34, was arrested for DWI and intoxication manslaughter, police wrote in a press advisory.

Those with information regarding this case are urged to contact police at (512) 974-8544. Tipsters also can submit information by downloading Austin PD's free mobile app on iPhone and Android.

The incident marked Austin's 54th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 56 fatalities this year, police said. At this time in 2018, police added, there were 46 fatal traffic crashes and 47 traffic fatalities.

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