NEW INFO: Police ID moped rider killed Friday after being struck by car


Austin police have identified a moped rider who was killed after being struck by a suspected drunken driver last week as 46-year-old Timothy Boykin.

Boykin was struck while riding his moped on Luther Lane and Red River Street in Central Austin on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said the person who struck him, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Olivia Gruwell, left the scene. She was later arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid, both second-degree felonies, a few hours after the crash. She was booked into the Travis County Jail, where she is being held on $175,000 bail, records show.

According to an arrest affidavit, Gruwell admitted to police to having “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.

Gruwell dragged Boykin’s moped all the way from the crash site to her house on East 37th Street, police said. Her Jeep had “front end damage, with a basket from the moped lodged in the front grill,” the affidavit says.

Police originally reported that a pedestrian had been killed in the crash, which occurred around 3 a.m. Friday, since there were no vehicles on the scene. 



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