Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 10:36 p.m.
Location: 10500 Menchaca Rd.
Deceased: Lee Martin Cagle, White male, (D.O.B. 11-3-64)
Arrested: Paul Joseph Garcia, Hispanic male, (24 years of age)
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2014, white Ford Focus was traveling southbound in the right lane of the 10500 block of Menchaca Rd. when it struck a pedestrian who was walking from east to west. The pedestrian penetrated the windshield of the Ford. The driver continued to drive southbound for approximately half a mile. The driver stopped the car, exited the vehicle and walked away from the scene. He was taken into custody a short time later. The pedestrian, identified as Lee Martin Cagle, died at the scene.
The driver of the Ford Focus, Paul Joseph Garcia, was arrested and transported to the Travis County Jail where he was booked for fail to stop and render aid, intoxication manslaughter and driving under the influence.
Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8544. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
This is Austin’s 19th fatal traffic crash of 2020, resulting in 20 fatalities this year. At this time in 2019, there were seven traffic fatalities.
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.