Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Location: 5800 block of Burnet Road
Deceased: Matthew James Almasi | White male | 07/29/1993
The preliminary investigation shows that the blue, 2009 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle driven by Matthew James Almasi was traveling northbound in the outside lane of the 5800 block of Burnet Road at a high rate of speed. A gold, 1997 Honda Odyssey minivan was traveling southbound in the inside lane when the driver attempted to make a lefthand turn at which time the minivan and motorcycle collided.
Matthew James Almasi, who was not wearing a helmet or other personal protective gear, was thrown from his motorcycle. He was transported by Austin-Travis County EMS to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he succumbed to his wounds at approximately 8:30 p.m.
The driver of the minivan, who was uninjured in the crash, remained on scene and has been cooperating with investigators. He was issued a traffic citation for fail to yield right of way – left turn. The passenger in the van was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
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 74th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 76 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.