FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An Arlington detective in the Crimes Against Children’s Unit was seriously injured, and another cyclist — 57-year-old Steven Dennis was killed when a motorist struck them from behind.
It happened on the bridge of Dottie Lynn Parkway over West Division in Fort Worth.READ MORE: State Fair Taking Extra Measures To Keep Guests Safe
The officer, who was later identified as Alan Branch, was riding a bike with members of his church. Police said he’s alert and conscious at JPS Hospital surrounded by officers and family.
Police said Branch sustained “several serious injuries” in the crash.READ MORE: Officials: Man Suspected Of Making Threats Against Texas Lawmakers Arrested
In a statement (see below), the officer’s family said they are saddened by the loss of one of the cyclists, who was a close friend to Branch.
“We want to thank the Arlington and North Texas communities for the outpouring of support, prayers, and well wishes. Please continue to lift Alan up in your prayers, as he has a long road ahead of him. We are also deeply saddened at the loss of one of Alan’s close friends during this tragedy.”
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in this accident and the driver of the vehicle remained on scene. Police have not yet said if charges will be filed.MORE NEWS: State Fair Offers Hundreds Of Free Acts, Shows And Exhibits
The Fort Worth Police Department is in charge of the investigation.