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Chief of Texas school district killed in crash

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January 22, 2007

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Chief of Texas school district killed in crash

Officer Down: Ernest Mendoza - [Needville, Texas]


Biographical Info

Age: 54

Additional Info: Chief Ernest Mendoza had served with the Needville ISD Police Department for 10 years and a total of 25 years law enforcement service. He is survived by his wife and seven children.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Mendoza was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver.

Date of Incident: January 19, 2007


Chief of Texas school district killed in crash

The Associated Press

WHARTON, Texas A Wharton construction worker with four previous drunken driving convictions has been charged with felony murder.

Twenty-nine-year-old Guillarmo Paniagua is accused of being drunk and then fleeing the scene of a crash in which the police chief of the Needville Independent School District died.

Authorities say he was driving east on Farm-to-Market Road 1301 last night when he veered into the westbound lane and collided with a police cruiser driven by Ernie Mendoza -- the police chief of the Needville I-S-D. ...

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