Reporting Andrea Lucia
WAXAHACHIE (CBSDFW.COM) – A Waxahachie police officer, killed in a car crash, marks the second law enforcement death this week blamed on drunk driving.
Police say 44-year-old Josh Williams was responding to a report of a disturbance at a local fast food restaurant. According to DPS troopers, Williams was turning left crossing into a driveway when a Suburban headed in the opposite direction, with its headlights off, struck him.
“This is first officer I’ve lost in 10 years, so it’s tough,” said Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge.
Edge described Williams as a veteran officer, charged with training new recruits, as well as a husband and father of three.
“He was friendly, outgoing, had a smile that could light up a room,” said Paul Stevens, Waxahachie’s city manager.
Friends and strangers also turned up to pay tribute, leaving flowers and candles at the scene.
Waxahachie police say the driver responsible for the crash — 24-year-old Dylyn Richards — was speeding, and had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit. A background check reveals that, back in April 2009, Richards was also arrested for driving while intoxicated.
State troopers say they now plan to charge him with intoxication manslaughter, a first degree felony.
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