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Police: DUI driver in fatal crash was more than 3 times over legal limit

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The driver accused of killing a Leander ISD teacher and her son remains behind bars in the Travis County Jail.

Nicholas Wyzykowski, 21, faces a total of 19 felonies as a result of Friday's deadly crash along F.M. 620 near F.M. 2222.

New court documents reveal Wyzykowski was intoxicated more than three times the legal limit. His blood was drawn at the hospital as a result of a medical procedure. He declined a breath and blood test at the scene.

APD officers with the DWI unit say Wyzykowski's truck slammed into the back of a Toyota Prius driven by Peggy Howard, 60. Howard was a beloved Kindergarten teacher with Leander ISD. Her son, Cale Howard, 18, was also killed. Cale was a member of the Vandergrift High School marching band.

A third car heading the opposite direction was also hit. EMS took five other patients to area hospitals. As of Monday night, four of the five remained hospitalized with varying conditions.

"You have a family, several families affected by this incident," said APD Detective Mike Jennings with the DWI Unit.

According to a police affidavit, a witness tried to help Wyzykowski out of his truck. He took off running in only a towel.

"I'm not sure why he was just wearing a towel from what we understand he was very uncooperative when he was located," said Jennings.

Officers later found him at a nearby apartment complex. They believe he was driving between 80 and 90 miles per hour. An investigating officer described his attitude as uncooperative, indifferent and cocky.

Wyzykowski is listed as a student at the University of Alabama.

Shortly after his name was released Vandergrift High School parent April Freid pulled up Wyzykowski's twitter page. One of her daughters marched alongside Cale in the band and another was supposed to go to a New Year's Eve party with him Tuesday.

"It's tragic." said Freid. The crash hits close to home for her and many others in the community.

Wyzykowski retweeted "If drinking before 5 is so wrong, I don't want to be right." His last tweet was sent about two hours before the crash. All he posted was 'swangin.'

"This is an online diary of sorts the fact he was so public and detailed on things related to the tragedy was shocking," said Freid who saved the pages. All of Wyzykowski's social media pages have since been taken down.

As the grieving continues, Freid along with others in the community hope to see justice is served.

"If one little thing I saw can help, then it's worth it," she said.

APD released traffic fatality statistics for the past two years. In both 2012 and 2013 there were 72 traffic fatality crashes that resulted in a total of 150 deaths. About 45 percent of those fatalities involved alcohol which is slightly higher than the national average.

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