UA student arrested for manslaughter in Texas

Nicholas Wyzykowski was arrested on Oct. 20 in Tuscaloosa County for domestic violence.

Nicholas Wyzykowski was arrested on Oct. 20 in Tuscaloosa County for domestic violence.

A University of Alabama student is facing 19 felony charges, including two counts of manslaughter, following a three-car collision that killed two people and injured four others in Austin, Texas, Friday night.

As of Monday evening, Nicholas Michael Justin Wyzykowski, 21, was being held in the Travis County (Texas) Jail on  $185,000 bond following the fatal crash. In addition to manslaughter, Wyzykowski is also charged with four counts of aggravated assault causing bodily injury, among others, according to jail records.

KXAN, a television station in Austin, reported that Wyzykowski was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche at speeds between 80 and 100 mph, witnesses told police, when he rear-ended a Toyota Prius. The Prius veered into oncoming traffic and struck a Toyota Camry head-on.

The driver of the Prius, Margaret “Peggy” Howard, 60, was killed in the crash. Her son, Cale Howard, 18, died later in the hospital, according to KXAN. Steiner Ranch Elementary School in Austin listed Peggy Howard as a kindergarten teacher on the school’s website.

Three occupants of the Camry and a third occupant of the Prius suffered broken bones and were taken to the hospital, KXAN reported.

Wyzykowski abandoned his vehicle and left the scene, but police later found him at a nearby apartment complex. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. When given a sobriety test for medical purposes, Wyzykowski had a blood alcohol content level of .27, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Previously, Wyzykowski was arrested on Oct. 20 in Tuscaloosa County for domestic violence in the third degree, according to county records.

A UA spokeswoman confirmed that a man with the same full name as Wyzykowski was enrolled in the fall semester. The 2012 Corolla yearbook listed Wyzykowski as a member of the University’s Sigma Pi fraternity chapter. The Austin American-Statesman also reported he is the same man listed as a student in UA’s online directory.

  • opendiscourse

    It is hard to describe how devastated this community is. It is hard to understand what would compel someone to get so drunk and then “swang” as he boasted in a tweet. This dead teacher was one of the very first teachers that started at the elementary school she still taught in, when it was new. So many families have benefitted from her tutelage. Her son, a high school senior, was highly regarded and was a member of the #1 band in the Texas state marching contest this year. He has two older brothers. What do you think it will be like for the husband/dad, who gets to come home to an empty house forever onward? I hope that students who read this will realize that drinking and then driving is the stupidest, and cruelest, thing one can do. This isn’t even to mention that there are still three people in the hospital , two with broken backs, and one has a broken neck as well as back. How will the rest of their lives be? From the Travis County Jail inmate search, it appears he is still incarcerated, at least his parents aren’t bailing him out…it is time for him to reflect and begin to pay his dues…a debt he can never, ever repay, that is for sure.

    • mike2713

      prayers to the family and prayers to the drivers family no parent should have to cope with something that was preventable . college kids do not drive if you are drinking never never never // cab it or just walk!