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Three traffic fatalities

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An extra deadly night and morning in Austin as police are working three traffic fatalities.
    A motorcyclist is the first traffic death that happened at 10:00 pm Friday night. 
    Police say a man was killed after he collided with a car.
    "We had a silver Chevy Cavalier hit a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene," says Corporal Michael Jennings.
    At the 10,000 block of Manchaca Road, just South of William Cannon Drive, the driver was trying to turn into an apartment complex when the car hit and killed the motorcyclist.
    Manchaca was shut down.
    Police say the victim is a man in his 30's.
    The driver stayed at the scene and alcohol is not a factor.
    48 minutes later, several calls came in the 911 center about traffic death number two.
    "Unfortunately, people do it all the time, some get lucky and make it and many end up in fatalities like this one," says Corporal Ryan Herring.
    Police say the man almost made it across the southbound of I-35 near riverside drive when a car hit him, tossing his body into the northbound lanes.
    The driver who hit the man stopped.
    Now police are trying to figure out if any other cars hit him.
     This one was 100 percent preventable.
    "Any high speed roadway whether it's Ben White, I-35, Mopac, Research, just go to a crosswalk or find another way around, even if it's an extra quarter of a mile of a walk.  It sure would save someone a sad day for somebody and it ties up a lot of police resources," says Herring.
    Police say pedestrians trying to cross freeways is a major problem in Austin.
    Austin police have had to resort to arresting pedestrians trying to cross freeways just to save their lives.
    The third fatality happened on North Lamar Blvd. and 183 around eight o'clock Saturday morning .     
    Police say the motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, crashed into a pole and died.

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