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APD officer killed in Hwy 290 crash

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An Austin police Lieutenant is dead after a Wednesday morning crash while on his way to work.

What are you going to miss most about your friend?

Detective Kenneth Casaday, a good friend of Lieutenant Clay Crabb, said "...I'll try to answer that later...ate dinner with him for five years straight, every day at work. That was my...that was my partner."

Officers and city leaders say the Lieutenant was a wonderful husband and father and cared for all children.

"Our safe routes to school, he was involved with that and involved with some of the children out there. He just, had a huge heart," said Assistant Chief Raul Munguia.

Kenneth said, "The most important thing you should know is that he was a great father and loved his family and his wife...and he was an Aggie."

The 43 year-old was driving the black, unmarked cruiser into work, traveling on Hwy 290 near the intersection of Sawyer Ranch Rd. when DPS investigators say he hydroplaned, most likely spinning out of control.

"Anything can happen in this kind of weather," said Sgt. Michael Cantu, with DPS.

A red truck, with a cattle guard, completely smashed in the passenger side of Crabb's car.

He died on scene.

"Out here I don't feel safe at all," said John Teague, who says he's been driving in the area, east of Dripping Springs, for over a decade. "I just think they need to slow the speed limits out here."

State troopers are aware of the dangers along Hwy 290. When the crash happened there was even a special safety detail nearby.

"It definitely does hurt," said Sgt. Cantu.

Flags around Austin have been lowered to half-staff to honor Lt. Crabb's memory.

"He and I worked south Congress back when it was infested with drugs and prostitution. He and I worked on that for years and I would like to think we made south Congress what it is today," said Kenneth.

The investigation continues, focusing on what caused the deadly wreck and if anything can be suggested to TxDOT to prevent a similar accident from happening again.

Chief Art Acevedo is flying back into town Wednesday night. He'll most likely pay a visit to Crabb's widow and three small children.

If you'd like to donate any money to his family, a fund in his name has been set up through the 100 Club and Cops for Charity.




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