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Texas Cop Killed In Crash with Drunk Driver

July 30, 2012  | 

Waxahachie (Texas) P.D.'s Officer Josh Williams. Photo courtesy of WPD.
Waxahachie (Texas) P.D.'s Officer Josh Williams. Photo courtesy of WPD.

A veteran officer with the Waxahachie (Texas) Police Department was killed early Saturday, when a drunk driver slammed into his patrol car.

Josh Williams, a 17-year veteran, was responding to a disturbance call when his cruiser was struck by an SUV on Highway 77.

Investigators believe the driver, 24-year-old Dylyn Richards, was drunk, speeding, and driving without his headlights on at the time of the crash. He's facing intoxication manslaughter charges and is expected to be arraigned on Monday, reports KHOU.

Williams leaves behind a wife and three daughters. A memorial service has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Waxachachie Civic Center.

Officer Williams is the third line of duty death for the agency and the first in 13 years, according to ODMP.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Duty Deaths, Waxahachie (Texas) PD


Comments (5)

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Holly LeRoque @ 7/30/2012 1:54 PM

Its so sad, each officer who has achived the greatest rapture of all peace and haappyness is in the lord. Peace- out. RIP.

Morninng Eagle @ 7/30/2012 11:32 PM

Yet another senseless waste of a good life by someone with no more sense of responsibility than to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Hopefully now the prosecutor's office will do its job. The family of Officer Williams are in our thoughts.

Dan @ 7/31/2012 4:50 AM

Josh was a good man, father, husband and police officer. I have known Josh for his duration in law enforcement. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Josh's wife, daughters and family. Peace be with you My Brother!

Dave @ 8/3/2012 8:45 PM

It is such a tragedy that this could happen in our city , or anywhere! RIP Josh , you will not be forgotten . Our community cares and we know you cared about us too. You showed it each day by protecting us. Thank you . May God grant you eternal peace and your family the strength they need to endure until the day we can all be reunited with the Lord. We salute you Josh.

andy telford @ 8/5/2012 10:31 AM

My thoughts are with the department today. and will be with them as they go through this tough time.

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