BP agent killed in collision with steer
Duty Death: Agent Mark Van Doren - [Brooks County, Texas]
By PoliceOne Staff
One Border Patrol agent was killed and another severely injured after the Crown Victoria in which they were travelling collided with a steer and a tree on Farm-to-Market Road 755, in Brooks County, Texas. Agent Mark Van Doren was declared dead at the scene — Agent Adelaido Martinez was taken by helicopter to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital where he has been listed in serious condition.
According a report in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, a Border Patrol spokeswoman indicated that neither agent was wearing a seatbelt — the speed limit on the road they where the collision occurred is reportedly 65 miles per hour.
The website for KGBT-TV 4 states in its coverage of the incident that “cattle and other livestock have the right-of-way on farm-to-market roads, ranch roads, and state highways” under Texas state law.
The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, ODMP.org, and KGBT.com contributed to this report.