Affidavit: Woman admits to consuming '6 to 9' drinks before deadly crash
AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - A woman accused of hitting and killing a man early Friday morning admitted to Austin police she had had several mixed drinks at several Austin bars before she drove home.
Olivia Gruwell, 21, was found at her home in pajamas after police followed a trail of fluid, scrape marks and debris from the crash scene.
The affidavit states APD officers were called out to the scene in the 3300 block of Red River Street. When officers arrived, they found the unidentified male victim lying in the northbound lanes of Red River Street. The man was pronounced deceased at 3:24 a.m. Officers noted the trail and followed it to the 900 block of East 37th Street, where they said they found Gruwell's silver Jeep Wrangler. Police noted the Wrangler still had a maroon moped lodged underneath. The Jeep also had heavy front-end damage with a basket from the moped lodged in the front grill. Blood splatter was also found on the front of the Wrangler.
Gruwell told police she had had six to nine mixed alcoholic beverages in Downtown Austin not long before driving home. She told investigators three of those drinks included three Long Island iced teas at three different bars. The affidavit states Gruwell told police she felt a bump on her way home, but she thought she had hit roadkill, such as a possum or a raccoon. She told police she didn't stop when she hit the bump.
Officers conducted a field sobriety test on Gruwell and found her to be intoxicated. A blood test was administered after Gruwell consented to a blood sample. Gruwell was taken to the TravCo jail.
Police said the victim was driving northbound on Red River Street in the right lane. Gruwell was also driving in the same lane when she came up behind the victim and struck the moped's rear.
Gruwell is now charged with intoxication manslaughter second-degree felony and failure to stop and render aid second-degree felony. Her bond was set at $100,000 and $75,000, respectively.