On today’s date (04-26-21), at approximately 7:20am, the New Braunfels Police Department and New Braunfels Fire Department were called to the 5200 block of I-35 North (southbound frontage road) for a report of a single vehicle accident.
Officers arrived on scene and discovered that a gold Volkswagen Passat had left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole before rolling over and coming to a stop in a field off the southbound access road just north of the TA Truck Stop. It was also quickly determined that the driver (and sole occupant) of the vehicle was deceased and that the crash had happened sometime during the overnight hours and had initially gone unreported. The driver of the vehicle was a 19-year old male from Fort Hood, Texas. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. An autopsy has been ordered by Comal County Justice of the Peace for Pct. 3 Mike Rust.
The NBPD Traffic Unit was called to the scene to conduct a complete accident reconstruction investigation. The preliminary results of that investigation indicate that the vehicle was traveling southbound on the frontage road at a high rate of speed when it lost control in the construction zone in that area. The vehicle struck both the inside and the outside retaining barriers before leaving the roadway and striking the utility pole on the driver’s side door, causing the vehicle to rollover. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in this crash.
The southbound frontage road in the area of the accident was closed for approximately 3 hours for the accident reconstruction investigation and for the scene to be cleared.