Crash victims identified as local business leaders

We’re learning more about the two people who died in a near-head-on collision last night just outside Austin. It happened on Highway 290 west of Austin, a stretch of road that has seen it’s share of fatal wrecks in recent months.

About a dozen people died there in the last year, including two names that added to that total just last night. But they weren’t just names. Robbi Lynn Sluder and Toby Sudduth touched lives in Austin.

“She was a caring mother, a caring grandmother, loyal friend and listener.” That’s what Josh Sluder told us as he hid his pain behind his sunglasses. “She’s the one you would go to whenever you need advise on something,” he added. “Whenever you needed to feel like you were loved, whenever you needed a pick me up, or somebody that was actually going to listen, and take to heart what you were saying and never pass judgment on you and only give you love, that’s who my mom was.”

Robbi Lynn Sluder was also a business woman. She was on the board of directors of Altrua Health Share, an Austin-based non-profit health care ministry.

The driver of the other car, Toby Sudduth, was also a successful local business person. He ran Sudduth Design, an award-winning graphic design and branding specialist. His client list included high profile Austin-based clients like Texas-Texas Salsa and Deep Eddy Vodka.

DPS says Sluder was westbound when her car crossed the double yellow line and collided with an eastbound SUV driven by Sudduth. Four children were also injured in the crash. All were riding in the SUV. They were taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center, three of them in critical condition.