An Austin officer died Saturday night, succumbing to injuries he suffered in a Wednesday crash involving a tractor-trailer truck.

“It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the news that fellow Austin Police Officer Andy Traylor has passed away,” a notice from the Austin Police Association reads. Former APD Chief Brian Manley posted the announcement to Twitter, KXAN reports.

“Andy is leaving blessings for many people who will be receiving his organs through transplant,” the APA notice went on to say.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer for Austin said Officer Traylor leaves behind a wife and five children.

Those with the department said Traylor “never hesitated to answer emergency calls to protect people in the middle of the night.” One of those times came in 2014 when he helped pursue Rashad Owens, the man convicted of capital murder after he drove through a crowd of people during SXSW, killing four. Traylor later testified in the trial.

The crash happened early Wednesday morning around 2:10 a.m. Traylor was responding to a call when an 18-wheeler made a U-turn in front of his patrol car.

APD previously said the driver of the 18-wheeler stayed on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Police are still determining if charges would be filed against the driver of the tractor trailer.

 

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