Auto-pedestrian crash in Leander turns to homicide investigation

Man confesses to running over cousin, killing him

October 13, 2018 - 10:58 am

LEANDER (KJCE) -- An early morning auto-pedestrian crash in Leander is now being investigated as a homicide case, officials say.

According to a preliminary investigation, two men believed to be related in some way were having some kind of dispute early Saturday morning at a residence in the 4300 block of Red Oak Lane in unincorporated Williamson County, outside Leander.

Sheriff Robert Chody says the initial investigation so far indicates the victim - identified as 34-year old Fredrick John Goodrow - proceeded to leave the residence; as he left, the suspect, 28-year old Jesse Vickers, proceeded to hit Goodrow with his grandmother's car.

Chody says Vickers turned around and ran over Goodrow a second time in the middle of the roadway; he turned around again to attempt a third run at Goodrow, but a bystander jumped on top of Goodrow causing Vickers to swerve away and leave the scene.

Goodrow succumbed to his injuries shortly after deputies responded to the scene.

Vickers ditched the vehicle nearby, then proceeded through a wooded area to his known address on Live Oak. Deputies responded to that address and took him into custody. While in custody, Vickers confessed to the murder and seemed to be intoxicated.

Vickers has been charged with murder, and is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

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