Boat operator in deadly Lake Austin crash had BAC three times over limit

Boat Crash on Lake Austin
Boat Crash on Lake Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Newly released autopsy results show the man who was operating a boat that crashed into a construction barge on Lake Austin in October had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife said Houston businessman Shawn Hurwitz, 50, along with four others, were on the boat when it crashed in the early morning hours of Oct. 11. The crash also killed 34-year-old Jennifer Walley.

Shawn Hurwitz and Jennifer Walley died in a boat crash on Lake Austin
Shawn Hurwitz and Jennifer Walley died in a boat crash on Lake Austin

Toxicology results indicate Hurwitz had a BAC of .27 and his official cause of death was blunt force injuries. Walley’s results indicated she had a BAC of .20 and she also had cocaine in her system.

The crash report said alcohol was used by all five people and partially consumed liquor bottles were found on the boat.  The estimated speed at the time of the collision was approximately 40 mph.

When the crash occurred, there were initially questions about whether the barge should have been in the position or if the required warning lights were activated. According to the officer filing the report, the lights were flashing at an interval between one second and one and a half seconds. On the barge, they say a yellow flashing ling on the corner nearest the impact point.

 

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