Off-duty Dallas deputy dies in traffic accident

December 4, 2012 8:55:13 AM PST
An off-duty Dallas County sheriff's deputy has died after a traffic accident that left a 15-year-old female relative who was driving with minor injuries.

Sheriff's officials on Tuesday announced the death of passenger Sgt. Kenneth Riggins after a pickup truck hit a tree near Quinlan, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas.

Authorities say the 52-year-old deputy from Quinlan was pronounced dead at a Greenville hospital following Monday night's wreck.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Sgt. Lonny Haschel (HASH'-el) says the girl was also transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Further details on her were not immediately released.

Riggins most recently served in the sheriff's office of strategic planning. He'd been with the department for 20 years.