Scooter driver killed in Central Austin hit-and-run crash, suspect arrested

Police say 21-year-old Olivia Gruwell is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of a pedestrian in Central Austin early Friday morning. (Photo: Austin Police Department)

A woman was arrested after a fatal hit-and-run crash on Red River early Friday morning.

It happened around 3:07 a.m. in the 3400 block of Red River. A 911 caller found debris in the roadway, followed the debris and found a man lying in the roadway.

Austin Fire and Austin-Travis County EMS worked to save the man, but were unsuccessful.

The victim has not been identified.

Initially, police believed the man was a pedestrian, but now say he was driving a motorized scooter which the suspect's SUV dragged more than a block down the roadway. Police found the SUV with scooter still underneath.

Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle in the area of E. 37th Street which is a little more than a block away from the scene of the crash. That's where they found the suspect--identified as 21-year-old Olivia Gruwell--and determined her to be intoxicated.

Gruwell is charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

“They located some evidence, used their training and experience and observation skills and were able to locate the suspect vehicle," APD's Destiny Winston said. “This was very good police work.”

Winston also praised the women who heard the crash and then called 911.

“They did the right thing, they heard something, they called 911 immediately and no tonly did they call 911 they went to go check and see if somebody was injured, make sure everybody’s okay," Winston said.

Winston said further charges may be pending for Gruwell who fled the scene of the crash.

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