Austin Police say a 26-year-old woman is responsible for causing a deadly high speed collision on MoPac early Wednesday morning. She was going the wrong way on the freeway and detectives are trying to figure out where she got on and what she was doing before she got behind the wheel.
"The last thing anyone expects to see is headlights coming at you on the highway," said Senior Police Officer Vaneza Bremner during an afternoon press conference.
Someone called 911 at 12:52 a.m. to report a speeding car going the wrong way on the northbound lanes of MoPac.
After the 911 call two officers and air units were dispatched. By 12:56 a.m. four calls came in reporting the head on crash.
"It was so quick from the first call to the crash. There was fire and it was pretty traumatic," Bremner said.
The 26-year-old driving a Honda Civic slammed into a Chevy Malibu driven by a 48-year-old. Both drivers were killed. Debris from the impact scattered across the highway.
"There is severe damage so the speeds were very high at the time," said APD Sgt. Darrell Burnham at the scene of the crash.
Police say test results will be needed before they know if alcohol was involved. Detectives hope to find the answers for the victim's family.
"There are no charges to be filed since both people are dead but I'd hope that by having this information it would help bring closure to the family," Bremner said.
Names have not been released yet. The deaths are Austin's 61st and 62nd traffic fatalities of 2013.