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Texas accident kills police officer on leave, injures family members;  suspect facing DUI charges: reports


An off-duty Texas law enforcement officer was killed and three of his family were injured in an alleged drunk driving accident in Tarrant County on Saturday, according to reports.

The officer has been identified as Detective Alejandro “Alex” Cervantes of the Eless Police Department.

An injured adult was in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital while two children were treated for serious injuries at Cook Children’s Medical Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The family were traveling to Boat Club Road and Rocky Point Trail in Lake Worth, northwest of Fort Worth, in a Chevrolet Impala around 3 p.m. when their vehicle was struck by a Jeep Wrangler, Elless police said in a report. communicated.

The Wrangler driver has been identified as Dylan Molina, 26, of Lake Worth. He was to be charged with manslaughter and drunkenness and three counts of aggravated assault, authorities said.

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Molina’s vehicle allegedly lit a red light before the crash, and witnesses said he tried to escape on foot afterwards, according to the Eless police statement.

The suspect was said to have been drinking at a Lake Worth tavern before the crash, FOX 4 reporter David Sentendrey revealed in a Twitter message.

Molina reportedly sped up on his way home when he collided with the car of the officer on leave, Sentendrey reported.

Cervantes served in the El Paso Police Department for over six years and previously served in the El Paso Police Department, according to the El Paso Police Department statement.

“Please keep Alex’s family, friends, coworkers and the Euless community in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time,” the statement asked.

Euless is approximately 20 miles west of downtown Dallas.

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Lake Worth Police and staff from other law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, according to the Star-Telegram.

More information about the crash will be released after family members are briefed, Lake Worth Police Chief JT Manoushagian told the Star-Telegram.


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