Deceased: James Lee Beasley | White male | 08/30/1964
The preliminary investigation shows James Lee Beasley was attempting to cross midblock in the 800 block of E. William Cannon Drive where there is no crosswalk when he was struck by a gold, 2006 Mercury Mariner that was traveling westbound on E. William Cannon and was in the process of a signaled lane change.
The section of the roadway where James Lee Beasley attempted to cross is heavily congested with vehicular traffic. There is no indication that driver impairment, speed, lighting conditions, or weather/road conditions played a factor.
Personnel from the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS attempted lifesaving measures, but James Beasley died on scene at approximately 7:38 p.m.
Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android.
This is Austin’s 75th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 77 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 66 fatal traffic crashes and 67 traffic fatalities.
These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
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