• July 27, 2022

HCCO Deputy Injured in Auto Accident on East Beltway in Pasadena, TX

Pasadena, TX — July 26, 2022, a Harris County Constable deputy was injured in a fiery crash with a work truck on the East Beltway in Pasadena.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. on the northbound East Beltway near San Augustine. Preliminary investigation suggests the deputy's patrol vehicle was stopped on the shoulder when a work truck plowed into it from behind. The impact pushed the patrol unit into the barrier and it caught fire.

A tow truck driver passing through the area stopped and rescued the deputy from the burning vehicle as ammunition in the car started to explode from the fire. Two people from the work truck assisted in the rescue.

The victim, identified in reports as Deputy LeMelle, suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Two people from the work truck that hit the patrol car were also taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Fiery Auto Accident on East Beltway in Pasadena

First and foremost I'm glad to see the injured deputy survived this scary ordeal with the help of a Good Samaritan. Between the crash, the fire, and bullets flying everywhere it's a miracle that things turned out so well.

Having said that, though, there's still the lingering (and urgent) question of how the triggering crash happened in the first place. If the deputy's vehicle was on the shoulder, how did the work truck come along and crash into it? Why did the deputy stop there? Was the patrol car disabled? Were any of its lights activated--headlights, hazards, red-and-blues? What's lighting like in that area? Why did the truck travel onto the shoulder? Were its headlights on? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings?

HCCO Deputy Injured in Auto Accident on East Beltway in Pasadena, TX

Those questions and the many others like them aren't meant to point fingers or overcomplicate things, but the story as it's currently told is pretty vague and things don't exactly add up. It's important to clarify what happened--not only so everybody involved gets answers, but also because those answers may be necessary to get the deputy the help she deserves. Will law enforcement dig deep enough to find the truth for one of their own, or should an independent investigator take a closer look on her behalf?

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