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May 25, 2010
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BP agent killed in collision with steer

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,, and contributed to this report.



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