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A Dallas police officer was struck by an allegedly drunk driver and killed early Saturday morning as he stood blocking the scene of a prior accident on the freeway, the Dallas Police Department said.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this morning at approximately 0125 [1:25 a.m.] a @DallasPD officer, working an accident scene, was struck and killed by a DWI driver,” Chief Eddie Garcia tweeted. “Our department is once again mourning, but we are heartened by the strength of his family. Godspeed my brother.”
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The officer was standing outside his marked patrol vehicle with his emergency lights on in the northbound lanes of North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane around 1:45 a.m. when a four-door Kia Forte driving at a high rate of speed slammed into him, the department said.
The officer was transported to Baylor Hospital where he subsequently died of his injuries.
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The driver, described as a 32-year-old Black male, did not sustain any injuries and is awaiting charges by police.
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Meanwhile, officials are questioning a female passenger in his vehicle. She was also uninjured in the collision.