Date: April 7, 2020
Time: 11:53 p.m.
Location: E. SH 71 Svrd WB/ S. SH 130 Svrd NB
Deceased: Margarita Escalante Ibarra | Hispanic female | 12/5/1996
Deceased: Alejandra Berenice-Sanabria-Alejandro | Hispanic female | 1/28/1998
The preliminary investigation shows that Margarita Escalante Ibarra was driving a red, 2007 Honda Fit westbound on E. SH 71 Svrd at S. SH 130 Svrd when she ran a red light and struck a white, 2015 freight fuel truck. Margarita Ibarra and her passenger, Alejandra Berenice-Sanabria-Alejandro, died on scene.
The driver of the fuel truck, who was uninjured, remained at the crash site. There are no charges expected.
This is Austin’s 25th fatal traffic crash of 2020, resulting in 27 fatalities this year. At this time in 2019, there were 18 traffic fatalities.
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.
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.