HARRIS COUNTY — A Texas officer is dead after a collision Wednesday, May 11, with a tractor trailer on Texas Highway 249.
KPRC reports that Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Adam Howard, 27, died after his patrol his patrol vehicle drifted to the left and struck the back of an 18-wheeler. The crash happened in the northbound lanes of Highway 249 before Spring Cypress.
KRIV said Howard was traveling in a Harris County Sherriff’s Office (HCSO) Chevrolet Tahoe SUV to drop off some evidence at a station. KRIV also reported that the 18-wheeler, which had an approximately 40,000-pound load, was parked on the shoulder of the roadway but was not blocking a moving lane of traffic.
According to KPRC that Howard was part of HCSO’s Gang Unit and had been with the sheriff’s office for two years. He was also a husband and a father of two young children.
It is still unknown why Howard’s vehicle drifted out of its lanae.
KPRC reported that another deputy, who was on a motorcycle, suffered non-life-threatening injuries while assisting the motorcade transporting Howard to the hospital.
Howard was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands.
The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact the Vehicular Crimes Division at 713-274-7400.
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