Devin Graves, a motorcyclist, was one of the four individuals who passed away during separate traffic fatalities in the last two weeks, as reported by the Austin Police Department. Family members speak of him fondly and regret the tragic and untimely loss of their loved one. Graves’ cousin, Erica Carter, recalls Graves’ enthusiastic drive to meet his goals and aspirations. Graves’ last message to Carter read, “things are really going to take off, watch me,” fueling the hope he had for his future. He died during a motorcycle accident on May 25 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Graves was heading south on Mopac and lost control, crashing into the outside guardrail and dying at the site of the accident.
Graves had recently moved to Austin, Texas, from Sioux City, Iowa, after years of working as an electrician. He wished to pursue his passion for comedy and share his unique perspective on life’s myriad of experiences. Carter emphasizes how Graves was a charismatic person who had a “beautiful soul,” and his fearless mindset allowed him to look at everything from a broad perspective. Graves’ love for life was contagious, making him a beacon of light for everyone around him. He leaves behind two children who have been a testament to the values and spirit their father instilled in them.
Austin has suffered an unusual spike in traffic fatalities recently as four individuals had lost their lives within the past two weeks in separate incidents. Early on May 20, an unknown driver was hit and killed by a car while travelling on I-35 in South Austin. May 26 witnessed an identical fate for another unidentified driver who collided with a sedan on Ben White Boulevard, followed by a motorcyclist losing control and crashing into the inside guardrail on Research Boulevard in North Austin. Despite being taken to the hospital, the motorcyclist passed.
Though Austin has seen a substantial reduction in traffic accidents over the past year, the sudden spate of fatalities has raised concerns and reminders to be vigilant on the road. Carter emphasizes the importance of safety and vigilance to avoid such accidents. Those with any information to aid the investigations about the crashes could contact the APD’s vehicular homicide unit at 512-974-8111. Alternatively, they may submit anonymous tips through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting austincrimestoppers.org or calling 512-472-8477.