Texas sheriff dies in single-vehicle crash

Hutchinson County Sheriff Kirk Coker died March 29 when his vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree

Duty Death: Kirk Coker - [Hutchinson County, Texas]

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Amarillo Globe-News

HUTCHINSON COUNTY, Texas — Hutchinson County Sheriff Kirk Coker died March 29 in a single-vehicle crash about a mile east of Fritch, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety and county officials.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety release, Coker's vehicle drifted off the roadway into the south ditch where it traveled through a barbed wire fence and into a field. The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe continued to travel through the field until it crashed into a tree.

Hutchinson County Sheriff Kirk Coker died in a single-vehicle crash on March 29. (Photo/TNS)
Hutchinson County Sheriff Kirk Coker died in a single-vehicle crash on March 29. (Photo/TNS)

A medical episode is suspected as being the cause of the crash.

The DPS identified the deceased only as Sheriff Kirk Coker, 57, of Borger, according to the DPS release. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Hutchinson County Justice of the Peace Yadi Rodriguez, who ordered an autopsy.

The Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office website shows Coker was elected as the county’s sheriff in May of 2016 and took office in 2017.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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