A woman charged with intoxication manslaughter after officials say she struck and killed a motorist in Central Austin on Friday unknowingly dragged the man’s moped under her Jeep all the way to her house, according to an affidavit.
Olivia Gruwell, 21, was arrested at her house after leaving the scene of the crash, which happened on Luther Lane and Red River Street. She was charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid, both second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Austin police responded to the crash about 3 a.m. Friday and found a man lying unresponsive in the road. Emergency medics performed life-saving measures, but he eventually died from his injuries, authorities said.
Police identified the moped driver Monday as 46-year-old Timothy Boykin.
It was reported at the time that the victim was a pedestrian since no vehicle was found in the area. According to the arrest affidavit, that was because Gruwell dragged the man’s moped underneath her car all the way to her house on East 37th Street, where it was later found by police.
According to the arrest affidavit, Gruwell admitted to police she had “six to nine mixed alcoholic beverages downtown” before driving home. She said she “felt a bump” as she was driving but thought she had killed a raccoon or a possum, the affidavit says.
Officers noticed Gruwell’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and she later failed her field sobriety test, the document says. Her Jeep had “front end damage, with a basket from the moped lodged in the front grill,” the affidavit says. She consented to a blood sample and results are pending, the document says.
Gruwell was booked into the Travis County Jail on Friday with bail set at $175,000. She was no longer in jail Monday, records show.