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UPDATED 9-23-22, 3:53PM:
 
LHISD Superintendent Steve Snell told The Independent this afternoon that the Panther Pit Crew will be collecting donations for the family of APD Officer Anthony Martin at tonight's home football game. There will also be a moment of silence prior to the start of the game.
 
POSTED: 9-23-22, 2:04PM:
 
An Austin police officer was killed shortly before 6 a.m. Friday morning in Liberty Hill as the result of a collision with a passenger vehicle at the intersection of SH 29 and RM 1869.
           
The officer, SPO Anthony Martin, was driving his police motorcycle on his way home from a night shift when the crash occurred, according to the Austin Police Department Honor Guard.
           
“A Lincoln MKZ passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on SH 29 [at approximately 5:56 a.m.],” said Sgt. Deon Cockrell of the Texas Department of Public Safety. “The BMW motorcycle was traveling westbound on SH 29. The Lincoln attempted to turn left onto 1869 and struck the BMW motorcycle. As a result of the crash, the motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
           
The crash is currently under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, which will not release additional information to the public until the investigation is complete, Cockrell added.
           
According to the APD Honor Guard, which first announced the name of the officer on its Facebook page several hours after the crash, Martin has been with the department since 2006. During his career, he served in a variety of assignments including patrol, motors and DWI units. Prior to joining the APD, Martin served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 20 years.
 
He is survived by his wife, Amberlee Martin, who works as a math teacher at Liberty Hill High School, as well as a son, two daughters, and one granddaughter. 
           
The crash caused major traffic delays in Liberty Hill, as it occurred right before the morning school drop-off rush began. An email sent by the Liberty Hill ISD’s communications department stated that bus transportation would be significantly delayed as a result of the traffic rerouting, and that principals would be working with all families to ensure there were no tardies today due to those delays.  
           
Hours after the accident, a procession to honor Martin was held by the Georgetown Police and Fire departments from SH 29 to the southbound frontage road of Interstate 35 and the Inner Loop.
            
Additionally, the chapel at Cross Tracks Church was opened from noon to 2 p.m. Friday for all those whonwanted to pray for the officer, his family, and all those affected by the fatal crash.          
           
“The Texas Department of Public Safety would like to remind all drivers to minimize distractions, don’t drive fatigued, don’t drink and drive, obey traffic control devices and always wear your safety belt,” Cockrell said.
 
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