Texas Deputy Dies After Cruiser Slams Into Teen's Truck

HOUSTON, Texas -- Authorities have released the name of a Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office deputy who died in a traffic collision with a pickup on Texas 6 last night near Manvel that also left another deputy and two other men critically injured.

The two-vehicle wreck occurred on Highway 6 near FM 1128 about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, according to the Department of Public Safety, which is investigating the crash.

Troopers said Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Charles Allen Vanmeter, 27, died in the collision.

Deputy Joshua Mark Waldrop, 26, was critically injured as were the 18-year-old driver and 17-year-old passenger in the pickup. All three were rushed to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center.

Troopers said Waldrop, the squad car driver, has bruises and contusions. The other people, both men, have broken bones. The pickup driver also has head trauma.

Troopers said the patrol car was traveling westbound on Highway 6 when it apparently slammed into a 1993 Chervolet pickup truck, which was traveling eastbound on Highway 6. It appears that the truck may have failed to yield the right of way to the cruiser and turned in front of the squad car, troopers said.

However, troopers added, the crash is still being investigated and no citations have been issued so far.

Both deputies were wearing seat belts.


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