Two people were killed in a hit-and-run car accident in Leander, and the police have detained the person responsible.
The Leander Police Department identified the suspect as 21-year-old Alan Justin Gaitan. The identity of the victims was not revealed, but Burnett ISD confirmed that one of the victims was a student at Burnet High School.
Burnett High School Principal Casey Burckhardt said in a statement sent to parents:
“With sad hearts the Burnett High School family mourns the loss of one of our students involved in a collision and running away early Wednesday morning at Leander. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to families and friends affected by this tragedy. Counselors will be on hand to provide any needed emotional support to staff and students.”
The accident occurred at around 12:20 am near Bryson Ridge. Linder Police say a motorbike carrying two people was traveling east through the intersection when they were hit by a car heading south along 183 Frontedge.
Investigators say the motorcycle got a green light.
Two people on a motorbike, a man in his 40s and a 17-year-old Burnett High School student, were killed in the accident. The identities of the victims were not revealed at this time until the family was notified.
The impact of the collision carried the car at a distance of 150 yards to the nearby parking lot of a convenience store.
Police say Ghaitan entered the store and fled the scene to a nearby woodland area. After searching for Gaitan for several hours, Gaitan was located by police and he was transferred to hospital to receive emergency medical care.
Officials say the investigation is still ongoing and charges are currently pending.