The Austin police officer killed in a Wednesday morning car crash has been identified as Lt. Clay Crabb.
Crabb's car was struck broadside by a pickup at about 6:30 as he was driving in to work. The accident occurred on Highway 290 near Sawyer Ranch Road in Dripping Springs.
“As all of you can imagine, this is a huge loss for APD, and it was unexpected,” Assistant Police Chief Raul Munguia said during a press conference. “Lieutenant Crabb was a man with a big heart and a great sense of humor to those who knew him.”
Prior to joining APD, Crabb worked patrol with the San Angelo Police Department from September 1994 to July 1998. The 43-year-old joined APD in July 1998 and was assigned to Region IV as the operational lieutenant. While in Austin, Crabb earned a total of 16 commendations and awards, including a superior service citation and master peace officer ribbon.
Crabb’s friend and fellow officer, Detective Kenneth Casaday, fondly recalled the time he spent with Crabb. The pair graduated from the academy together in 1998 and then worked the South Congress and Ben White areas together for five years.
“Clay was a great guy, and the most important thing you should know is that he was a great father and loved his family and his wife,” Casaday said during the press conference.
Crabb is survived by his wife and three children.
Investigators haven’t indicated if Wednesday morning’s weather was a factor. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Those wishing to make donations can do so by contacting the 100 Club of Central Texas or Austin Cops for Charities. The donations should be made in the name of Lt. Clay Crabb.
Police Chief Art Acevedo, who was in Philadelphia at a Major Cities Chiefs Police Association convention, is flying back tonight because of the incident. He will return to the convention on Friday.