Two die in motorcycle accident near Republic of Texas rally outside of Austin

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Updated 9:32 am, Monday, June 12, 2017

Tragedy surrounded this weekend’s Republic of Texas Rally after two people were killed in a crash near Austin. 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety one man died and a pregnant woman lost her unborn child when the motorcycle they were riding on was hit by a truck in East Travis County on Saturday at around 4:15 p.m. 

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Drunk driving is suspected in the crash, according to KVUE-TV of Austin. According to that outlet there were a handful of accidents around the ROT rally this weekend. 

The agency said that the driver of a Ford F-150, identified as Cesar Corona-Quiterio, veered into the southbound lanes of F.M. 973 when he hit a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle. 

The driver of the motorcycle, who officials identified as Raul Diaz, 28, died at the scene. A female passenger, identified as 25-year-old Estefania Soto, was transported to an area hospital where she lost the unborn baby she was carrying. Soto sustained serious, critical injuries in the crash. 

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Texas DPS said that the driver of the truck was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. 

He is currently in Travis County Jail on $2 million bond. 

The ROT (Republic of Texas) biker rally celebrated 22 years in Austin with the four-day event that ended Sunday. The event, described as the “largest turnstile motorcycle rally” in the country, began Thursday at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin.

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