Austin Energy employee facing intoxicated manslaughter charge is fired

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin Energy employee who faced an intoxication manslaughter charge has been fired, the company confirmed Thursday. It did not specify why it decided to terminate his employment at this time.

Jody Wood has been on paid administrative leave since April 2018, two days after a crash in Milam County, where he’s accused of hitting another car head-on and killing 76-year-old Reynaldo Amaya-Charo of Austin.

At the time of the crash, Wood was supposed to be at work but told Austin Energy he was taking care of “personal business.” He was driving his own car at the time.

Austin Energy said Wood, an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, had also violated city policy at least 24 times between October 2017 and that April. It said he repeatedly took his work vehicle home and used it to hunt during his work hours. Those details came out in a city auditor investigation. Austin Energy said it fired Wood based on that investigation.

Wood’s case was set for a jury trial Feb. 4, but was reset to September 16. It’s unclear why at this point. Wood is not in custody in the Milam County jail, record show.

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