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Driver tells police she took pain pills before fatal auto-ped wreck

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The driver in a deadly collision Sunday is now facing intoxication manslaughter charges after she ran her SUV over two people at a Central Austin bus stop.

According to police, 61-year-old Dik Van Meerten was killed in the incident and 21-year-old Sarah Lee Parker was critically injured.

The driver, 59-year old Linda Dianne Woodman, faces charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. Arrest records show Woodman failed field sobriety tests. She told police she was released from the hospital earlier that day for a fainting spell, and was given morphine and Percocet.

The crash happened about 7 p.m. on Guadalupe Street, just north of the University of Texas campus. Witnesses say Woodman drove her Lexus SUV into a white BMW, then swerved onto a sidewalk, striking Van Meerten and Parker, who were waiting at a Capital Metro bus stop.

Woodman's vehicle traveled another block, striking other structures before the car became wedged between a traffic pole and a sign.

Onlookers called it a violent scene.

"To me it was like the loudest thing I had ever heard and I looked up and the car was
just flying off the sidewalk, debris was flying everywhere, bike racks, bikes, sparks,” witness Chris Champagine said.

Police arrested Woodman after the wreck. In her arrest affidavit, it states Woodman failed a field sobriety test. Police say she was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony. Intoxication assault is a third-degree felony.

Woodman is now in Travis County jail. Her bond is set at $30,000 for intoxication manslaughter and $25,000 for intoxication assault.

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