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Officer Killed In Crash Along Ariz. Highway

May 07, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Arizona DPS.
Photo courtesy of Arizona DPS.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was killed Monday, when an empty tanker truck failed to yield, causing a chain-reaction collision crash claiming the life of the officer as he sat in his cruiser.

Officer Tim Huffman, 47, was sitting in his patrol car along Interstate 8 near Yuma at 5:10 p.m. as a second officer attempted to shut down the highway. Orange cones were in place, the lights of three DPS cars were on, and one DPS officer stood in the lane waving at the oncoming truck, according to the agency.

The truck's driver, identified as 33-year-old Jorge Espinoza, made no attempt to brake and slammed into a parked patrol car that struck Officer Huffman's vehicle and killed him instantly.

Huffman, a 14-year veteran, is survived by three siblings who live out of state.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Arizona DPS, Police Vehicle Accidents, Traffic Accidents


Comments (11)

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Jim A @ 5/7/2013 6:22 PM

RIP Officer Huffman. Your service is appreciated. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

As for Mr. Espinoza, I hope your free years are over.

Bob@Az. @ 5/7/2013 6:52 PM

Your shift may be over Officer Huffman but your Honor and Service live on. May espinoza find a nice deep mine shaft in his near future. Blues, Stay Safe.

Bob @ VA @ 5/8/2013 5:07 AM

RIP Officer Huffman. I hope that Espinoza never sees the outside of a prison again.

Craig @ 5/8/2013 9:06 AM

I was deeply saddened by the news this morning. Tim was my room-mate and partner when we were Military Police Officers stationed in Germany 27 years ago! May God take you Tim and be with your family and members of your agency during this most difficult time.

Ruben @ 5/8/2013 5:51 PM

Fast are we people to judge mr Espinoza so quick I'm guessing because he has a Spanish last name if the driver would have been mr O'connel or mr Smith this would have been a tragic accident right?? The facts have not even come out yet but let's Hang the border brother typical Arizona racists

Dennis @ 5/8/2013 6:07 PM

Ok Ruben; Simple facts - a guy driving a semi-truck not paying attention to anything hits 5 parked police cars and kills someone who happens to be a police officer. Yes he is arrested because the law presumes you to be driving your vehicle under control and you are required not to hit hit anything or anyone and if you do and you kill someone, that is a felony crime. It doesn't matter if it was a police officer or not and the driver's last name has nothing to do with being charged either. I guess you think we just let people who do that go which means you are just about as stupid as you comment makes you out to be. We lost an officer to a terrible accident and the person responsible will be held acountable, irregardless of their heritage as required by law. Or don't you think that should happen to someone just because their last name is Hispanic and you think all officers in Arizona are racist. It is ignorant morons like you that put out most of the stupid retoric in the face of what is actually going on. Go find yourself another web site if you don't like police officers.

pcb @ 5/8/2013 10:48 PM

Ruben, NO ONE mentioned anything about race or nationality until you spouted off. Take a guess who is the RACIST!!!

Congratulations DIPS**t!!

RUBEN @ 5/9/2013 5:43 AM

I love cops and appreciate everything they do but that being said you can't help to feel for Mr. Espinoza when people post remarks like we hope you never see the light of day, get in a hole and stay there come on guys a little to quick to judge. I'm on this web site due to that I'm a tanker driver my self and there are so many things that can go mechanically wrong as well as physical. Now regarding my earlier remarks the only ignorant people on here are the people who try to hide the fact that they act as if there is no racism towards Hispanics please who you trying t fool.

Chuck McKenzie @ 5/9/2013 7:45 PM

Ruben, you are obviously borderline illiterate, judging from the composition of your posts. Your grasp of the English language,
spelling and punctuation are evidence of your lack of education.
If you had attended as many police officers' funerals as I have, you might have a slightly different viewpoint of the suspect in this case.

Bob@Az. @ 5/9/2013 9:38 PM

Ruben, Let me say you are so wrong it's pathetic. If you'll read the article it clearly states" Mr.Espinoza made no attempt to stop". And as for being racist, you should come to one of my family reunions. The driver was negligent. Period. And due to that we have a dead Officer.
Blues, Stay Safe.

RUBEN @ 5/10/2013 6:56 AM

I did not no I was entering a spelling bee contest LOL. All I'm saying is that everyone here is being a judge , jury and executioner that's all. Double standards as always. When police shoot an unarmed suspect then claim he had gun, there is a legal process involved. Everyone is told to wait for the facts to come out but not in this drivers case. To soon is all I'm saying. Let's wait for the full investigation because I believe the driver has not even been charged yet.

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