Austin Woman Arrested in Fatal Drunk Driving Accident

Glass of dark liquor on a table next to a car key.

An Austin woman has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after killing a moped rider and dragging his vehicle under her Jeep all the way to her house.

Details of the Fatal Austin Accident

According to the Austin American-Statesmen, Olivia Gruwell, 21, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid following a crash in which she struck and killed a moped rider.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 34th Street and Red River Street around 3 am Friday. An affidavit said the woman left the scene of the fatal accident unknowingly dragging the deceased man’s moped all the way back to her home.

Gruwell admitted to having “six to nine mixed alcoholic beverages” before driving home. She said she “felt a bump” as she was driving home and thought she had hit a raccoon or a possum.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

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