An off duty Austin Police Officer was killed on Tuesday morning in a truck accident involving a pickup truck.The accident occurred on Highway 290 near Sawyer Ranch Road. Car and truck accidents are common on this stretch of road.
According to officials, the off-duty police officer who was travelling to work in heavy rain, lost control of the city-owned vehicle, a Crown Victoria, and hydroplaned veering onto an oncoming traffic lane where he was struck, t-boned, by a truck. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
43-year-old Lieutenant Crabb was held in high regard for his public service and will remembered fondly. Crabb, a Texas A&M University alumni, had previously worked with the San Angelo Police Department. Lieutenant Crabb joined the Austin Police Department in 1988. During his time with the Austin Police Department, he became the recipient of 16 commendations and awards.
This is a tragic and unexpected loss for the officer’s family as well as the community. Lieutenant Crabb is survived by his wife, three young children, and countless family, friends, and community members. We pray that his loved ones find comfort and peace in the outpouring love surrounding them during this time of grieving.
Though the rain was likely the primary factor in this accident, other factors are to be considered and investigated in similar situations, such as cell phone use or drunk driving in car and truck accidents.
If you have questions about this accident or have been injured in an auto or truck accident, feel free to reach a Texas personal injury lawyer at 713-454-7875.
– Article By Richard Weaver