Senior Austin Police Officer Lewis “Andy” Traylor has died from injuries sustained last week in a crash with an 18-wheeler in East Austin last week.
KSAT reports Traylor passed away Saturday night, ultimately succumbing to injuries he suffered Wednesday, July 28.
The crash occurred in the 7800 block of FM 969 near Decker Lane as the 18-wheeler was making a U-turn. Traylor was responding to a call and early investigations suggest the 18-wheeler failed to yield the right-of-way.
In a post on social media, APD Chief Joseph Chacon said “Despite the tremendous efforts of (Austin police, fire, EMS and Dell Seton staff, Andy was unable to overcome his grievous injuries. He provided life to many others in need with the donation of his organs. Even in paying the ultimate sacrifice, Andy was committed to helping others in their time of need and his heroism will live on.”
Traylor was a nine-year veteran of the police department and leaves behind a wife and five children.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,951 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks and 18-wheelers in the United States in 2018. This marked a 1-percent increase over 2017.
Of those killed, 71 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles, 18 percent were occupants of large trucks and 18-wheelers, 11 percent were pedestrians and bicyclists.
More than three-quarters of fatal 19-wheeler accidents occurred on weekdays.
Texas led the country in trucking accident deaths with 664 fatalities recorded. Texas was followed by California with 352 deaths and Florida with 321 deaths.
Another 151,000 people were injured in 18-wheeler and truck accidents in 2018.
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