Dallas police officer dies after being struck by suspected drunk driver

Dallas police officer dies after being struck by a ‘drunk driver’ while blocking traffic at the scene of a crash

  • A Dallas officer died at Baylor Hospital after being hit by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday
  • The cop, who was not identified, had been blocking traffic at the scene of an earlier accident on the North Central Expressway at 1.45am
  • He was standing outside his squad car when a 32-year-old man driving a Kia Forte at a ‘high rate of speed’ struck him
  • The suspect was found to be intoxicated at the scene and was taken into custody

A Dallas police officer has died after he was hit by a suspected drunk driver while responding to the scene of a car accident early Saturday.

The cop, who was not identified, had been blocking traffic in the northbound lanes of the North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane around 1.25am, DPD said.

He was standing outside his squad car with his emergency lights on when he was struck by a man driving in a Kia Forte at a ‘high rate of speed’.

A Dallas officer died at Baylor Hospital after being hit by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday, police said

The officer was standing outside his squad car (pictured) while blocking traffic on the North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane following an earlier accident

The officer was standing outside his squad car (pictured) while blocking traffic on the North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane following an earlier accident

The officer was rushed to Baylor Hospital in downtown where he later died of his injuries.

Police said the suspect, described as a ’32-year-old black male ‘, which was found to be intoxicated at the scene. He was taken into custody with charges pending.

Footage showed the officer’s police vehicle was totaled in the collision, with extensive damage to the rear and driver’s side of the car.

The cop was struck by a suspect drunk driver who was behind the wheel of a black Kia Forte

The cop was struck by a suspect drunk driver who was behind the wheel of a black Kia Forte

The Kia Forte was also destroyed in the crash, however, neither the suspect nor his female passenger were injured

The Kia Forte was also destroyed in the crash, however, neither the suspect nor his female passenger were injured

DPD Chief Eddie Garcia confirmed the officer's passing in a statement

DPD Chief Eddie Garcia confirmed the officer’s passing in a statement

The Kia Forte was also destroyed in the crash, however, neither the suspect nor his female passenger were injured. The woman is now being interviewed by police in their investigation, police said.

DPD Chief Eddie Garcia confirmed the officer’s passing in a statement.

‘It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this morning at approximately 0125 a [Dallas Police] officer, working an accident scene, was struck and killed by a DWI driver. Our department is once again mourning, but we are heartened by the strength of his family. Godspeed my brother, ‘Garcia tweeted.

The fatal incident marks the first police officer death in the city since November, when Sergeant Bronc Justin McCoy died of COVID-19, ABC 13 reported.

Police said the suspect, described as a '32-year-old black male ', which was found to be intoxicated at the scene.  He was taken into custody with charges pending

Police said the suspect, described as a ’32-year-old black male ‘, which was found to be intoxicated at the scene. He was taken into custody with charges pending

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