Affidavit: Woman arrested in fatal crash dragged man’s moped to house


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, where she was later arrested, according to an affidavit.

Olivia Gruwell, 21, was charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid, both second-degree felonies, after the crash, which occurred on 34th and Red River streets Friday. Both felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The man who was killed has yet to be identified 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 said.

Officers noticed Gruwell’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and she later failed her field sobriety test, the document said. She was booked into the Travis County Jail on Friday, where she was being held Sunday on $175,000 bail, records show.

Austin police responded to the crash in the 3400 block of Red River Street around 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.

It was reported at the time that the driver, who fled the scene, had struck 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.

Gruwell’s Jeep had “front end damage, with a basket from the moped lodged in the front grill,” the affidavit said. She consented to a blood sample and results are pending, the document said. 



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