12/16/2012

Texas officer struck, killed on interstate

Patrolman Angel Garcia was struck and killed by an automobile on an interstate freeway while clearing a hazard

By PoliceOne Staff

EL PASO — Patrolman Angel Garcia was struck and killed by an automobile on an interstate freeway while clearing a hazard out of the roadway.

He had stopped his vehicle in the travel lane, with his emergency equipment activated, to block traffic as he removed the ladder at approximately 0715 hours, according to ODMP.

Another vehicle swerved to avoid striking his patrol car but struck another car, causing a chain-reaction crash.

Patrolman Garcia was struck by on of the vehicles in the crash.

Garcia was transported to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Police spokesman Mike Baranyay said that Garcia, who was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had graduated from the police academy in March and had been on the El Paso Police force for nine months, according to a news report.

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