Officer killed in crash helped clean up South Congress


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 10:23 PM

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas -- A preliminary investigation into a crash that killed an Austin police lieutenant suggests that heavy rains may have caused him to hydroplane.

Lt. Clay Crabb died just one day before his 44th birthday.

The crash happened Wednesday morning in the 13000 block of U.S. Highway 290 west about seven miles from the “Y” at Oakhill.

“Clay was a great guy. You had to get to know him because he had a very dry sense of humor. But once you got to know him, and you got to know his personality and his sense of humor, he's just a hilarious guy and a great guy to be around,” said APD Detective Kenneth Casaday. The two officers were in the same academy class and were partners in the same part of south Austin from 1998 to 2003.

Casaday told KVUE that he and Lt. Crabb both worked to clean up South Congress more than a decade ago when it was plagued with prostitution and drugs.

“I'd like to think we get a little credit for the great place South Congress is today to raise your family and to live over in that area. Because years ago it used to not be that way,” added Casaday.

Lt. Crabb was married and leaves behind three children under the age of 11.

“I'll miss Clay's personality. Even though he had a very dry sense of humor it was funny to me because I knew him. And I just knew the way he was and he'll be missed. You can't replace a friend like that,” added Casaday.

As of Wednesday evening there were no funeral arrangements announced for Lt. Crabb.