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Second teen dies in East Austin crash

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Update -- Austin police now say two people have died as a result of an Oct. 2 single-vehicle crash in East Austin.

Police noticed a pickup truck with no headlights on shortly after 12:20 a.m., and in an attempt to perform a traffic stop, the Nissan Frontier began to accelerate eastbound on Garden Street. Officers say the truck ran several stop lights before losing control and hitting a tree.

The Nissan truck was later identified to be stolen.

The driver, 17-year-old Rodney Penson, died on the scene. On Oct. 5, passenger Allyiah Asher, 16, died at Brackenridge Hospital from injuries she suffered in the crash.

Aside from Asher, there were three other passengers in the truck, who were also transported to Brackenridge with injuries the night of the incident.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-8266. Asher’s death is Austin’s 57th traffic fatality this year. At this time in 2011, there were 42 traffic fatalities.

Earlier -- One person is dead and four are in the hospital following an early morning crash.

Austin police say an officer attempted to stop a vehicle near Robert T Martinez Jr. Boulevard and Garden Street around 12:25 a.m. Tuesday. The suspects attempted to leave the scene in the vehicle but crashed just down the road.

“Initial review shows the officer was only behind him for about 30 seconds prior to the vehicle crashing. So, he didn't even have time to catch up to them before they crashed out,” Austin Police Lt. Frank Dixon said.

According to APD the vehicle was stolen.

Five people were inside the car at the time of the accident. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and all four passengers were taken to University Medical Center at Brackenridge where two are listed in critical condition.

Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

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