PFLUGERVILLE, TX (KXAN) — A 25-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police said she used her car as a weapon in a crash earlier this week, according to an affidavit for obtain a warrant for her arrest.
Officers answered the call on Tuesday at the 14000 block on Lake Victor Drive in Pflugerville at around 6:45 p.m.
According to court documents, the call showed that a white truck had crashed into a parked black SUV several times, after which an altercation ensued between the truck driver and the people in the SUV.
The Austin Police Department said it was a white GMC Sierra truck, and the driver, who was the only passenger at the time of the incident, was identified as Cecilia Rangel-Mata.
The statement said that inside the SUV were a woman, her fiancé and a 17-month-old child.
According to the affidavit, it was a road rage incident that culminated in a collision after talking to the people involved.
KXAN contacted a lawyer representing Rangel-Mata. This story will be updated if we get a response.
While all three told APD similar stories, Rangel-Mata gave different accounts of what happened and changed parts of her story during interviews, the affidavit says.
They all told police that the road rage incident led to a collision on Interstate 35 and then another collision near the intersection of Lake Victor Drive and Outmill Drive in Pflugerville.
According to the affidavit, the victim allowed Rangel-Mata to enter the lane in front of her before both cars turned left at the traffic lights to enter northbound I-35.
According to the victim, she accelerated to pass the traffic lights and not get stuck at a red light. After that, according to the affidavit, Rangel-Mata began driving aggressively, including “checking the brakes” and chasing the victim.
The victim tried several times to get past the Rangel Mata, but the Rangel Mata blocked her. In the end, the victim bypassed Rangel-Mata, overtaking her on the right shoulder and taxiing to the exit to I-35.
Once on the Interstate, the victim saw in her rear view that the truck was accelerating to catch up with them, and the truck began to “run” the victim. Eventually, the truck swerved into the lane to the victim’s left and crashed into the victim’s vehicle, the affidavit says.
Rangel-Mata confirmed that the collision happened, but said it was due to the victim cutting her off.
The victim stopped, then Rangel-Mata stopped behind her. According to the affidavit, the victim told police that she was angry about being hit, especially because her child was in the back seat.
The victim told police that she got out of the car, walked over to Rangel-Mata’s truck, opened the driver’s door and started yelling at Rangel-Mata, asking what she was doing and saying there was a child in the car, the affidavit says. .
The affidavit states that the altercation then escalated into physical violence, with Rangel-Mata beginning to pull on the victim’s hair and the victim beginning to pull on the necklaces that Rangel-Mata was wearing. The victim’s fiancé got out of the SUV, pulled the victim away, and they got back into the car and continued north on I-35.
According to the affidavit, Rangel-Mata continued to follow the SUV until it exited the Interstate, made a few turns, and ended up on Lake Victor Drive in the area.
The victim told police that she did not know the surroundings and tried to turn around, and in doing so, Rangel-Mata crashed into the driver’s door area of the SUV at “high speed”, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, after colliding with the SUV, the truck reversed, drove forward and crashed into the SUV again. The victim told the police that she was unable to open the door and drove into the courtyard of the house to get away from the truck.
According to an affidavit, the victim told police officers who arrived that she believed the driver of the truck had tried to hurt or kill her because the truck had repeatedly crashed into her car from the driver’s side.
The report said that the truck crash caused multiple airbags to deploy in the SUV.
Rangel-Mata told police she believed the crash in the area was “equally” caused by an SUV hitting her during a U-turn. Her story to police changed when she was asked to retell it later, the affidavit says.
The affidavit states that Rangel-Mata admitted that after the collision on I-35, she began chasing the SUV when she called 911 to report the collision/assault. The 911 officer told her to stop following her and stop to wait for the police.
“Had Rangel-Mata followed the instructions of the emergency operator, the incident would have ended, and the result would have been a minor collision and reported attack,” the sworn letter says.
According to the victim, she left the scene because she wanted to save the child from further danger.
The witness testified that he saw the truck hit the SUV next door and reversed, and then crashed into the SUV again, according to the sworn statement.
Cecilia Rangel-Mata has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony in the second degree.