Mesquite, TX – Oakwood Police Department (OPD) Officer Mitchell “Mitch” Rector died on Oct. 18 after being hit hit by an intoxicated driver while working an off-duty job at a road construction site, according to police.
The 36-year-old officer was sitting in a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu in the 21400-block of IH635 southbound at approximately 1:36 a.m. when the driver of a 2015 Infinity Q50 slammed into him, the Mesquite Police Department said in a press release later in the afternoon.
Officer Rector died as a result of his injuries.
Police said the driver of the Infinity, 21-year-old Elias Luevano-Gonzalez, suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Gonzalez has been charged with intoxication manslaughter as a result of the fatal collision, the MPD said.
He was also charged with one count of unlawful carrying of a weapon, KXXV reported.
Officer Rector served the Buffalo Police Department (BPD) in Texas for more than five years prior to joining the OPD, according to a post on the BPD’s Facebook page.
His law enforcement career spanned more than 11 years, according to his obituary.
“Mitch was a very well liked and respected member of our agency. He will be truly missed,” the BPD said.
In addition to his career in law enforcement, Officer Rector was also a musician and talented artist, according to his obituary.
He leaves behind his sons, Christian and Colton.
Officer Rector is also survived by his parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and many friends, coworkers, and extended family members.
A fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised over $3,000 so far.
Officer Rector was laid to rest on Oct. 23.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Oakwood Police Department Officer Mitchell “Mitch” Rector, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.