Sheriff Adrian Garcia of the Harris County Sheriff Department sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez, III.
Deputy Valdez, 32, was responding to a welfare check call when the driver of a Ford Explorer crossed the centerline of the roadway near the intersection of East Wallingsville Road and Oleaner Street. The SUV struck Deputy Valdez’s patrol vehicle head-on. The force of the impact in the collision shoved the patrol vehicle into the drainage ditch at the corner of the intersection. Deputy Valdez was trapped within the vehicle.
Fire Department first responders and paramedics extricated Deputy Valdez from the patrol vehicle and Life Flight transported him to Memorial Hermann Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
The SUV driver, Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, was also transported to Memorial Hermann Trauma Center via ground ambulance for minor injuries. After being treated for her injuries she was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI – Methamphetamine.
She reportedly had a package in her possession that had a quantity of methamphetamine in her purse at the time of the crash. She was paroled from prison only three weeks prior to the crash after serving part of a two-year sentence for a controlled substance conviction. Her conviction was for methamphetamine possession.
Deputy Valdez was a single father who is survived by his mother and a 10 year old son.
Deputy Jesse Valdez-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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