Chief Raul Munguia of the Austin Police Department in Texas has reported that Lt. Clay Crabb, 42, was killed this morning in a two vehicle crash.

Lt. Crabb was in uniform and driving an unmarked patrol vehicle on U.S. Highway 290 near Sawyer Ranch Road in Hays County Wednesday at about 6:30 a.m.  He was on his way to the police station.

During a period of heavy rain, Lt. Crabb’s patrol vehicle lost traction with the roadway and began to hydroplane.   The patrol vehicle spun into the oncoming traffic lane and was struck broadside in the driver’s side door by a pickup truck.

Lt. Crabb died instantly at the scene of the crash.  The other driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The crash investigation is being completed by Troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Lt. Crabb was promoted to his current rank back in March 2012.  He had amassed 16 various letters of commendation and awards during his 15 years of service with the Austin Police Department.  He had four years of prior law enforcement service with the San Angelo Police Department.

Lt. Crabb is survived by his wife and three children.

Lt. Clay Crabb – gone, but never forgotten.  EOW: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

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