NEW DETAILS: 21-year-old charged with intoxication manslaughter after deadly crash in Central Austin


12:35 p.m. update: A 21-year-old woman suspected of driving while intoxicated has been charged with intoxication manslaughter for her alleged role in a crash that left a pedestrian dead in Central Austin on Friday morning, according to Austin police.

Olivia Madelene Gruwell, 21, was booked into the Travis County Jail at 6:20 a.m. on Friday morning, about three hours after she struck a man walking in the 3400 block of Red River Street and drove away, police said.

Officer Destiny Winston, an Austin police spokeswoman, said officers responded to the crash around 3:07 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from an area resident who heard the crash.

Winston said the caller found debris in the area, and followed it to find a man lying unresponsive in the roadway.

Officers and emergency medical personnel tried to save the man’s life, but he died from his injuries, Winston said.

Winston said officers found some limited evidence at the scene that led them to the vehicle they believed was involved in the crash around East 37th Street.

Officers tracked down the suspected driver, who they identified as Gruwell, and placed her under arrest after smelling alcohol while they spoke with her, Winston said.

Authorities have not publicly named the pedestrian.

Earlier: A man was killed early Friday morning when a car struck him at the intersection of Red River Street and Luther Lane, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

Red River Street will be closed in both directions from Duncan Lane to East 37th Street, the Austin Police Department said in a Twitter post. The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, is said to have been in his 40s.



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