Funeral, procession for police officer killed in on-duty crash today
A public visitation and funeral for Austin police officer Lewis “Andy” Traylor, who died last weekend from injuries sustained in an on-duty crash, will be held today.
The public visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd.
The public funeral service will be 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Monday at Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Road.
Traylor was hospitalized July 28 after his patrol vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler while he was responding to an urgent “priority one” call in East Austin.
Police did not say what type of incident prompted Traylor’s response but said priority one calls in the past have included shootings or other critical incidents.
He was traveling west in the 7800 block of FM 969 near Decker Lane at about 2:10 a.m. July 28 when the 18-wheeler tried to make a U-turn in front of him. Traylor, whose vehicle ended up pinned under the 18-wheeler, was pulled from the wreck and taken to Dell Seton Medical Center.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, who was not injured, stayed at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation into the crash. Police have not said whether charges are pending.
Traylor, who died July 31, was a member of the Austin Police Department for nine years and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He leaves behind a wife and five children.
“Andy was an incredible officer, husband, father and friend and he will be missed by all of us,” interim Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon said in a statement the day news of Traylor’s death broke.
Chacon noted in a letter to his fellow officers that even in death, “Andy was able to provide life to many individuals who were in need, with the donation of his organs.”
“Even in paying the ultimate sacrifice, Andy was committed to helping others in their time of need, and his heroism will live on,” Chacon wrote.
Traylor is the first in the Police Department to die in the line of duty in nearly five years. He is the 24th Austin police officer to die in the line of duty, police said.
The last three Austin police officers to die in the line of duty were involved in traffic incidents.