Austin Police identify robbery suspect killed in crash trying to cross I-35

Austin Police say a robbery suspect was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler on I-35 near 183 (Photo: CBS Austin)

The Austin Police Department has identified a robbery suspect killed while trying to run across I-35 last week.

According to APD, a male and female committed a robbery by assault at a nearby Shell gas station around 1:46 p.m.

The female left in a vehicle, while the male left on foot.

When police spotted him, the man--identified at 40-year-old Christopher Brown--jumped over a concrete barrier and took off running across I-35 where he ran into the rear of a passing 18-wheeler.

He was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, where he later died.

Police say the driver of the 18-wheeler was unaware of the impact and no charges are expected to be filed.

The female robbery suspect, 28-year-old Shanta Hatcher, is charged with aggravated robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935.

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