A Waxahachie Police Officer died in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 28 from injuries suffered during an automobile collision while on duty.
Josh Williams, 44, was pronounced dead by Jackie Miller, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, at 3:13 a.m. at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie.
“Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, and the driver that hit Williams’ car is in custody at the hospital,” stated a press release issued by the city of Waxahachie. “Williams is a 17-year veteran, joining the department in 1995. He is survived by his wife and three children.”
Miller said that Williams was responding to a disturbance call in the Whataburger area in the 600 block of U.S. Highway 77 North at around 12:22 a.m. when another vehicle broadsided him.
“A 1994 Chevrolet SUV was traveling north with no lights and going 70 mph when it struck the officer,” Miller said. “The officer was traveling south, and making a turn when the collision occurred. He was taken to Baylor here in Waxahachie, and the other driver was air ambulanced to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. We do know that the person in the other car was an Ellis County resident.”
DPS Officers, Texas Rangers, other Waxahachie police officers and the Waxahachie Fire Department responded to the call.
“Ferris Avenue was shutdown from around 12:30 a.m. until about 8 a.m.,” Miller said. “There are two things I want to share about this officer. First, Josh was my friend, and second, the citizens of our county lost a good officer. He always had a smile on his face, and Josh also was a volunteer who reached out to help others in this community.”
Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge also shared his thoughts on this loss.
“Josh was very well known and well-liked in our community,” Edge said. “He was a great guy and a great officer. His death is a tremendous loss for the Waxahachie Police Department and the community.”
This is the second officer this week in to die from injuries received in an automobile collision in this area.
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