HCSO sergeant dead after motorcycle-involved accident in Pearland, sheriff says

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Sunday, January 3, 2021
20-year HCSO deputy dies in motorcycle accident
"He will be missed." A HCSO deputy died in a motorcycle accident after leaving from helping a family with a funeral procession. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says Sgt. Bruce Watson served 20 years with them.

PEARLAND, Texas (KTRK) -- A sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff's Office has died after he was involved in an accident while driving his patrol motorcycle in Pearland.

Sergeant Bruce Watson, 51, was fatally injured on Saturday in what Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says was a tragic accident.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez remembers the life of 20-year Harris County Sheriff's Office veteran, Sgt. Bruce Watson, who died on Saturday while riding his patrol motorcycle in Pearland.

Sgt. Watson had been with the sheriff's office for 20 years, and was headed home after serving as an escort at a funeral on Saturday.

Gonzalez said Watson was recently working in the watch command center for the department. The center was lit up in blue in his honor Saturday evening.

Watson leaves behind his wife, who works for the Houston Police department, three children, a new grandchild, as well as his mother.

Gonzalez said he took time on Saturday to thank Watson's mother for raising a respectable young man.

"I thanked his mother for raising such a God-fearing man," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez went on to ask the community to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.

Watson was transported by LifeFlight to Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

As of now, Pearland police say the exact cause of the crash hasn't been determined. They have, however, determined the SUV driver who struck Watson was not intoxicated. The investigation is ongoing.