Houston Transtar verified the two-vehicle crash at 5:54 p.m. that killed a Pct. 7 deputy constable.
The deputy responded to a tip about a drunk driver on the tollway. She was on standby to catch the driver and parked on the side of the road. The suspected driver, in a F-550 truck, struck the rear of the deputy's patrol SUV causing it to burst into flames, investigators say.
Update #1 to crash scene on tollway: a Deputy Constable, said to be in the vehicle engulfed in flames, did not emerge from the vehicle. @HCSO_VCD will investigate the scene. Media station area: Fondren @ Beltway, Exxon Gas Station. #HouNews https://t.co/GvKVyTOmV0— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) April 3, 2022
A witness recorded video of the deputy's car in flames after it was hit by that suspected DWI driver.
"All of a sudden we heard a big bang," said eyewitness, Jessica Cano." Then, we see black smoke. We ran over here and see that truck on fire."
The suspected drunk driver was in a truck with a utility box behind it and is at the hospital and is expected to be OK, according to Captain McConnell.
Law enforcement lead a procession to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences at the county morgue.
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