The Austin Police Department arrested a 21-year-old woman on Feb. 9, 2018 pending charges of intoxication manslaughter for her role in a crash that killed a pedestrian in Central Austin.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Austin police booked 21-year-old Olivia Madelene Gruwell into the Travis County Jail at 6:20 a.m. Feb. 9, three hours after she allegedly struck a man walking in the 3400 block of Red River Street and drove away.
Austin Police Department spokesperson Destiny Wilson said officers responded to the incident at 3:07 a.m. after an area resident called 911 after hearing the crash.
Winston said the caller found crash debris in the area and followed it to find a man lying unresponsive in the roadway. Police officers and Austin-Travis County EMS paramedics tried to save the man’s life, she said, but he died of his injuries at the scene near the corner of Red River Street and Luther Lane.
Officers later tracked Gruwell down, and arrested her after smelling alcohol while they spoke with her.
The APD closed Red River Street in both directions from Duncan Lane to East 37th Street as they investigated the scene, according to their Twitter post. The as-of-yet unidentified victim is said to have been in his 40’s.
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