09/22/2005

Airborne tire strikes car: El Paso deputy sheriff killed

Officer Down: Ruben Orozco - [El Paso, Texas]

Biographical Info

Age: 51

Additional Info: Sgt. Orozco was a 26-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, three children and three grandchildren.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Sgt. Orozco was killed when the wheel of a pick-up truck flew off and struck his patrol car.

Date of Incident: September 17, 2005


Darren Meritz, El Paso Times

A sheriff's deputy was killed early Saturday morning on Interstate 10 when the wheel of a pickup traveling in the opposite direction flew off and struck the officer's patrol car in what officials are calling a freak accident.

Sgt. Ruben Orozco, 51, who was involved in the accident after leaving an assignment at the Sun Bowl, was a 26-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

"This is a very difficult and emotional time for the family. It is also a day in which many hearts in the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are suffering," El Paso County Sheriff Leo Samaniego said in a statement. "My condolences are with the family."

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