A Dallas police officer was hit and killed by a suspected intoxicated driver early Saturday morning while directing traffic around an accident on the highway.
At around 1:45 a.m., the Dallas officer was blocking traffic with the emergency lights from his squad car on after an accident in the northbound lanes of North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane.
A man driving a Kia Forte at a high speed hit the officer as he was standing outside of his patrol car to direct traffic from a previous incident.
The officer was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. His identity has not been released.
The officer leaves behind a wife who is pregnant with their first child, according to police officials. He was hired in March of 2019.
“Our department is once again mourning, but we are heartened by the strength of his family,” Dallas police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a Tweet. “Godspeed my brother.”
Police said the driver of the vehicle who hit the officer was found to be intoxicated. Charges are pending.
Neither the driver nor his passenger were injured, police said.
Police said slick and icy roads were not a factor in the crash.
The highway is closed as police continue to investigate the incident.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said in a written statement that Dallas was mourning the officer’s loss.
“He died far too young, but the measure of a life is not longevity, but what someone does with the time they have. And this officer dedicated his time to serving our great city in an inherently dangerous job,” Johnson said. “We are forever indebted to him and forever heartbroken by this tragedy. I am praying today for his family, friends, and colleagues. I know our city will provide them with love and support as we seek justice.”