Chief Allen Banks of the Round Rock Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Officer Charles Whites.
Officer Whites, 63, was directing traffic at a fatal pedestrian traffic accident on Interstate 35 in February of this year when he was struck by an intoxicated driver. He was transported to the hospital in grave condition.
After emergency surgery, Whites was transferred to the Hospice Austin Christopher House intensive care unit for long term care and rehabilitation. His condition gradually deteriorated following surgery and he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Whites “served the community for 19 years as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and SWAT Negotiator,” according to Round Rock police.
After Whites death, there was a procession from the Hospice Austin Christopher House where Officer Whites was staying to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office on Springdale Road at around 3:30 p.m. There, a “Police Honor Wall” greeted him, reported KVUE.
“We are devastated by the passing of Officer Charles Whites,” said Chief Banks in a statement. “Our heart breaks for Connie and all of Charles’ family. Charles was a great officer and an even better person. The past two months have shown how strong and close-knit we are as a Department. The support we’ve received from the Round Rock community, surrounding communities, and regional first responders has been inspiring. We will continue to lean on this strength and support as we remember Charles and honor his many years of public service.”
Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan released the following statement after the news:
Officer Charles Whites paid the ultimate price to protect our community, and we are profoundly saddened by his passing. On behalf of the City of Round Rock, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, and I ask all our citizens to join me in praying for the family, colleagues and friends he leaves behind.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley also expressed his condolences.
— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) April 27, 2018