JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man they believe drove a van into a homeless camp on the Westside earlier this month, killing a man and injuring a woman.
Homicide detectives named John Matthew Austin, 34, as the driver. He is wanted for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and driving with a suspended license.
Detectives said Austin had visited a homeless camp near the corner of Argyle Forest and Blanding boulevards, then got in his minivan, drove down a hill and struck a man and woman asleep in a tent.
Timothy Wuellenwebber, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported at Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police they saw the driver of the van running from the scene. Police searched the area, but could not find the man.
"The driver of the white van was described only as a white male with dark hair, 6 foot 2 (inches), real thin, was seen leaving the scene on foot just after the crash occurred," Detective Robert Peck said.
Police asked that anyone with any information about Austin to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
- February 9, 2009: Man Killed, Woman Injured In Early-Morning Hit-And-Run