Details emerge in fatal police chase
Details are emerging in a police chase in South Austin that killed an innocent bystander late Friday afternoon.
At approximately 3:20pm, police received a call about a man breaking into a Ford F-250 pickup truck at Barton Creek Square mall. When police responded, Reynaldo Victor Hernandez Jr., took off south on Loop 360. Police gave chase, reaching speeds of 96 miles an hour.
The suspect took the South Lamar Blvd exit from 360 to the Ben White frontage road and continued eastbound along Ben White. At the intersection of Ben White and Pack Saddle Pass, the suspect collided with a Mitsubishi Lancer. The driver of the Lancer, 32-year old James Williford, was killed on impact.
Hernandez fled the accident on foot, entering a nearby Dollar General store and fleeing through the store's back door. Police apprehended him in the neighborhood behind the store.
Police charged Hernandez Jr., age 37, with first-degree murder in Williford's death, along with three other felonies and a misdemeanor, according to arrest affidavits. He remained in the Travis County Jail on Sunday with a bond of more than $1.2 million.