Dallas Police Officer Fatally Struck by Suspected Intoxicated Driver While Directing Traffic – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Dallas police officer was hit and killed by an allegedly drunk driver early Saturday morning while steering traffic around an accident on the freeway.

At around 1:45 a.m., after an accident in the lanes north of the North Central Expressway on Walnut Hill Lane, the Dallas officer blocked traffic with his police car’s emergency lights on.

A man driving a Kia Forte at high speed met the officer standing in front of his patrol car to divert traffic from a previous incident.

The officer was taken to a local hospital where he later died. His identity was not made public.

“Our department is grieving again, but we are encouraged by the strength of his family,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a tweet. “Thank goodness my brother.”

Tragic night for us. This is a small token of respect and admiration for a fallen brother and his family. Thank you to all Fire / EMS and to Baylor Medical Center for your tireless efforts. Take a rest, hero. We’ll take it from here. pic.twitter.com/Dxu0AO06a8

– Eddie Garcia (@DPDChiefGarcia) February 13, 2021

Police said the driver of the vehicle who hit the officer was drunk. Fees are still pending.

Neither the driver nor his passenger were injured, the police said.

Police said slippery and icy roads were not a factor in the crash.

The highway is closed as police continue to investigate the incident.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that around 0125 a.m. this morning, an @DallasPD officer working on an accident scene was hit and killed by a DWI driver. Our department mourns again, but we are encouraged by the strength of his family. Thank god my brother.

– Eddie Garcia (@DPDChiefGarcia) February 13, 2021

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