AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police said an off-duty officer with another agency was hit and killed by a vehicle while working traffic duty at a construction zone near The Domain early Wednesday morning.
The Austin Police Department identified the officer as Jeffrey Richardson, 35, of the Poteet Police Department. Poteet is south of San Antonio.
Richardson was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where he later died, APD said.
The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Lindsay Smith, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault of a peace officer, which is a felony. Smith is in custody at Travis County jail as of Wednesday afternoon. Her bond was set at $250,000.
An attorney for Smith wasn’t listed in records. KXAN will update this story if that information becomes available.
APD said the Smith stayed at the scene. Investigators performed a sobriety test and conducted a warrant for her blood sample.
APD said the crash happened on the northbound service road of MoPac near Domain Boulevard around 2:15 a.m. According to an affidavit, the officer had been working on lane closures for construction in the area. The affidavit said the car drove through a barricade blocking the left two lanes and hit the officer at a high speed.
The affidavit said Smith told police she drank two mixed drinks at a restaurant, a total of four martinis at two different bars and “an unknown quantity of shots” before she drove.
The northbound service road shut down around 4 a.m. near Domain Boulevard and Alterra Parkway. The road reopened just after 7 a.m.
The 100 Club of Central Texas activated the Survivor Fund for Richardson’s family Wednesday. Donations can be made online or by mail to the club’s office at 3200 Steck Ave., Suite 240, Austin, Texas 78757.