by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News
Posted on July 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM
There are strange circumstances surrounding the death of an Austin man. Police say his interest in explosives are what killed him, not a car accident as they first believed
At first, investigators believed 50-year-old Scott McKinney was a victim of a car accident. He was driving a minivan on Davis Road Sunday night, when the car veered into a ditch. He was rushed to UMC Brackenridge, and died early Monday morning.
Now APD says the injuries McKinney had, were the result of a homemade bomb he was holding as he drove. The device accidentally exploded, causing McKinney's fatal injuries.
Police believe McKinney intended to throw the homemade device into an area along the roadway.
[by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News
Posted on July 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM
Austin police are investigating a suspicious death in South Austin.
Officers barricaded a stretch of Davis Lane east of Brodie Lane Monday morning as detectives investigated.
Patrol officers responded to a 911 call around 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening. A driver heading east on Davis Lane reported a burgundy Chrysler Town & Country minivan crashed in the ditch heading westbound.
Police found Scott McKinney, 50, unconscious in the driver’s seat. Paramedics rushed McKinney to UMC Brackenridge. He died from his injuries around 5:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Medical officials told police McKinney’s injuries were not consistent with the crash. Homicide and vehicular homicide detectives with APD went back out to the crash site.
“Last night, when the crash initially occurred, crime scene investigators were out here. Crime scene technicians, they were collecting evidence, photographs, skid marks all that type of stuff like that,” said APD Cpl. Scott Perry. “Now that detectives are out here (again Monday morning) they're going to look even more closely for other information that may be around on the scene, whether it be blood or other physical evidence.”
Police are not describing McKinney’s injuries. They are waiting on the autopsy results for a cause of death and cause of injuries. They also are not saying what, if any, evidence has been found.
“During the daylight we're able to see a lot more clues a lot more evidence starts showing up when we actually have daylight,” said APD Cpl. Scott Perry.
Police have been in touch with McKinney’s family. They are asking anyone who may have information about the crash or the victim to call 911, APD Vehicular Homicide, or APD Homicide]