Man struck, killed by alleged drunk driver in central Austin

Olivia Gruwell. (Austin Police Department)
Olivia Gruwell. (Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 21-year-old woman is in the Travis County Jail charged with intoxication manslaughter after police say she hit and killed a man who was walking along Red River Street early Friday morning.

Austin police say the crash happened just after 3 a.m. on Red River Street near Luther Lane, which is just north of St. David’s Medical Center. When police arrived the at the scene around 3:14 a.m., the man had already died. Austin-Travis County EMS says the man killed was in his 40s.

Officers were able to find Olivia Gruwell and her vehicle not far from where the crash happened a few minutes later.

Red River Street was blocked off for a few hours as part of the investigation. It reopened after 8 a.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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