MANVEL, Texas A Brazoria County Sheriff s deputy was killed and another severely injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 6 in Brazoria County Sunday evening.
The two deputies Charles Allen VanMeter, 27, and Joshua Mark Waldrop, 26 -- were headed west on Highway 6 at FM 1128 around 9:30 p.m.when they crashed into a full-sized Chevy truck attempting to make a left turn into a Chevron gas station.
Deputies said the officers had the green light, and the pickup truck driver did not yield the right of way.
The impact caused the Chevy to flip over and land on its roof, and both vehicles were mangled in the crash.
Deputy Waldrop, who was driving the patrol car, and the two occupants in the Chevy were airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital with severe injuries.
Deputy VanMeter, who was in the passenger seat of the patrol car, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both deputies were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Waldrop and the two people in the truck, 17-year-old Jarvis Harris and 18-year-old Chance Chambers, were listed in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Monday afternoon.
Harris suffered broken bones in the crash, and Chambers had broken bones and head trauma, hospital officials said.
It was not clear if Chambers or Harris was wearing his seatbelt.
State Trooper Standifer of the Texas Department of Public Safety said even though the crash hits close to home, any loss of life makes the job difficult.
Anytime someone loses their life, it is extremely difficult to me. The fact that these individuals were in law enforcement, there s no difference when I come across the scene, said Trooper Standifer. Usually when I come up close, you can kind of tell when there s been some serious injury or loss of life and when I get that feeling, it doesn t matter if they are wearing a uniform or not.
The cause of the crash was under investigation Monday.