Victim in deadly crash on Hwy 71 near Lakeway identified

DPS says 36-year-old Michael James Babineaux of Austin was killed in the crash. (Photo: MGN Online)

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified an Austin man killed in a crash on Hwy 71 in Lakeway.

It happened on Monday at 4:38 p.m. in the 17000 block of Hwy 71, near the Serene Hills Drive intersection.

According to DPS, a 2007 Nissan was traveling west on Hwy 71 in the inside lane when the driver entered the center turn lane in an attempt to pass the vehicle in front of him.

The driver of the Nissan lost control of the car and entered into a side skid before colliding with a 2018 BMW traveling in the outside lane of eastbound Hwy 71.

DPS says the driver of the BMW, 36-year-old Michael James Babineaux, died at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital.

The crash is still under investigation.

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