AUSTIN, Texas – The driver suspected of hitting and killing a pedestrian last Friday is now facing additional charges.
Olivia Gruwell, 21, faces a charge of failure to stop and render aid, a second-degree felony, in addition to intoxication manslaughter. Austin Police said last Friday, Gruwell told them she consumed between six to nine alcoholic beverages before driving, at which point she hit a person at Red River Street and Luther Lane while she was on her way home.
Austin-Travis County EMS pronounced the victim, 46-year-old Timothy Boykin, dead at the scene of the crash after attempting CPR. They also found a maroon moped that was lodged underneath Gruwell’s Jeep.
Gruwell told authorities she thought she hit road kill and continued on her way.
Police said when they arrived on-scene to arrest Gruwell, they noted that her eyes were bloodshot, watery, glassy, and her speech was slurred.