Moped of man hit, killed by suspected drunk driver was lodged under vehicle

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is dead and a 21-year-old woman is in jail after police say she hit and killed the man on Red River Street while driving home drunk early Friday morning.

According to an arrest affidavit, Olivia Gruwell admitted to drinking six to nine alcoholic drinks at various bars in Austin before driving home. Police say around 3 a.m. the victim, identified as Timothy Boykin, 46, was traveling northbound on a moped. Gruwell was also traveling northbound on Red River Street in her Jeep when she allegedly struck the moped from the back but did not stop, according to the affidavit.

Olivia Gruwell, left, and Timothy Boykin. (Austin Police Department and TXDL Photo)
Olivia Gruwell, left, and Timothy Boykin. (Austin Police Department and TXDL Photo)

Police say they were called to the scene at 3:07 a.m. When they arrived at 3:14 a.m. officers found Boykin lying on the ground. He was pronounced dead at 3:24 a.m., but the suspect was nowhere to be found.

However, there were trail marks and debris from the crash that led officers to a home on East 37th Street — a few blocks from the crash scene — where they located the suspect’s Jeep with blood splatter on the front. The vehicle also had the basket of the moped hooked onto the front bumper and the rest of the moped was still under the vehicle, continued the affidavit.

Police say they located Gruwell at her home and began questioning her. According to the affidavit, she told them that she had felt a “bump” on the way home but thought she had hit a dead possum or raccoon so she kept driving. She also admitted that when she arrived home, she struck her neighbor’s fence. Police say as they spoke with Gruwell she was staggering and stumbling with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Monday morning, the damage to the neighbor’s fence was still visible.

Many neighbors KXAN spoke to described being woken up to the loud screeching sound. “It was one of those thing where you, you know you’re not supposed to hear that,” Dennis Fagan said. “That loud, that close, at that time in the morning.”

“Went up to my window right here, peeked out the window and saw various Explorers, you know all very much, police you can tell. Saw them walking up and down the street,” another neighbor Farzan Sewani said.

A blood alcohol test was performed for Gruwell and the results are pending.

A homeowner's fence that was damaged when police say Olivia Gruwell ran into it on Feb. 9, 2018. (KXAN Photo/Yoojin Cho)

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