Lubbock, Texas – Lubbock Police Department (LPD) Officer Nicholas Reyna died in the line of duty on Saturday morning after a vehicle crashed into him and two Lubbock firefighters as they were handling two other collisions.
Lubbock Fire Department Lieutenant Eric Hill, 39, was also killed in the crash, and Firefighter Matt Dawson, 30, remains hospitalized in critical condition, KLBK reported.
The incident started with Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire Rescue responding to a single-car rollover on northbound I-27 and Drew street at 8:19 a.m., according to KCBD.
The roadway had ice and snow in the area at the time.
While emergency crews were on-scene, another vehicle pulling a trailer went off the road and over the median about 25-50 yards from the first collision scene.
As first responders were working both scenes, a third vehicle traveling southbound crossed the median and struck 27-year-old Officer Reyna, as well as Lt. Hill and Firefighter Dawson.
Officer Reyna died at the scene, and Lt. Hill, a 10-year veteran of the fire department, later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Firefighter Dawson was listed in stable condition on Saturday night after he underwent surgery, KAUZ reported. He suffered multiple broken bones, and doctors are monitoring his brain activity.
“When road conditions get this bad, we need people to understand that they need to slow down,” Lubbock Police Chief Floyd Mitchell implored during a press conference, according to KHOU.
Investigators are working to determine whether or not any charges will be filed in connection with the fatal collision.
“This is a tragic day for our family. This is a tragic day for both police and fire and the men and women of both of our departments,” Chief Mitchell said, according to KAUZ.
Officer Reyna joined the department one year ago, and was assigned to dayshift patrol.
“It is not possible to express the hurt we all feel from the death our own officer, and the death and injuries to our firefighter brothers, and the grief of their families and friends,” the LPD wrote in a Facebook post.
“The people who put on this badge…they give their life to their communities,” Chief Mitchell said, according to Heavy. “They are true servants. To my family here in Lubbock, my police department and fire department family, [our] hearts go out to them.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lubbock Police Department Officer Nicholas Reyna, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.