Dallas, TX : Officer killed by drunk driver while directing traffic from earlier crash on Saturday, 13th February 2021
A 32-year-old man was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a car he was driving allegedly hit and killed a Dallas police officer who was blocking the scene of an earlier crash on an expressway, police said.
Officer Mitchell Penton was standing outside his squad car with his emergency lights on when another vehicle hit the squad car about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, CNN reports. That caused the police car to strike Penton, the Dallas Police Department said in a news release.
Penton was taken to a hospital, where he later died, police said.
The driver of the car was also charged with intoxication assault in connection with injuries suffered by a passenger in his vehicle who was treated for “trauma to her chest area” and a cut on her face, the release said.