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Texas officer dies from off-duty crash injuries

Elias Martinez was escorting an oversized load when his motorcycle struck the rear of one of the trucks

Duty Death: Elias Martinez - [League City, Texas]

End of Service: 09/17/2017


By PoliceOne Staff

HOUSTON — An officer has died from injuries he sustained in an off-duty crash 10 days ago.

Officer Elias “Sonny” Martinez was escorting an oversized load on the freeway when a crash occurred, KTRK reported. He was attempting to avoid a collision when his motorcycle struck the back of one of the trucks, leaving him with severe injuries, ODMP reported. 

Elias Martinez was escorting an oversized load when his motorcycle struck the rear of one of the trucks. (Photo/ODMP)
Elias Martinez was escorting an oversized load when his motorcycle struck the rear of one of the trucks. (Photo/ODMP)

Martinez was airlifted to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

Police Chief Vera Bumpers said Martinez was “a very special person who will be missed greatly."

He was a 25-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and two children. 

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