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Houston-area deputy dies in crash on Tomball Parkway

The deputy’s patrol car was cut up in half because of the influence of the crash.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy died Wednesday after clipping the again of an 18-wheeler that was parked on the shoulder of SH-249/Tomball Parkway near Spring Cypress, in keeping with Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The deputy was recognized as 27-year-old Robert Adam Howard. He has been with HCSO since 2019 and served in the division’s gang unit. It’s unknown how lengthy he has been in legislation enforcement. 

“Our hearts are broken,” stated Sheriff Gonzalez after saying Deputy Howard’s passing. “We’re devasted we are losing such a great teammate described as a workhorse, described as having a great personality, funny and just outgoing.”

Sheriff Gonzalez stated Howard was touring on the northbound lanes of Tomball Parkway, on the brink of start an operation, when he clipped the again of the 18-wheeler. The influence of the crash brought about Howard’s patrol unit to separate in half.

Video from the crash scene confirmed all the left facet of his car jammed into the again of the large rig. The different a part of Howard’s car was discovered on the facet of the freeway, fully mangled. 

Sheriff Gonzalez referred to as the crash “horrific” and “devastating” and stated Howard confirmed no indicators of life fairly shortly. 

The driver of the 18-wheeler has not been recognized and their situation is unknown. 

Deputy Howard leaves behind a spouse, two kids — a 2-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son — a mom and father, sister, and his household in blue. 

Gonzalez stated as Howard left for work Wednesday morning, he performed along with his 2-year-old daughter. 

“When we lose a deputy, it’s not only a loss for the agency, it’s also a loss for the community because we lost one more crime fighter, one more hero that puts their life on the line every day,” stated Gonzalez.

Howard grew up in Jersey Village and went to Cy Woods High School, Gonzalez stated. 

All of the northbound lanes of the Tomball Parkway close to Spring Cypress stay closed. 

A second HCSO deputy, who was using on a motorbike, was injured during Howard’s escort to the hospital. That deputy was taken to a close-by hospital for his or her accidents. Gonzalez stated they’re anticipated to be OK. 

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