Campos, CA – United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent Daniel Salazar died in the line of duty on May 13 after he was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash.
The 40-year-old agent was responding to investigate a sensor that had been triggered near the U.S.-Mexico border when he crashed on Bell Valley Truck Trail between Potrero and Campo, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
It is unclear what time the crash occurred.
According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office, a fellow Border Patrol agent found the overturned SUV “in the middle of an embankment with the lights on” at approximately 5:30 a.m. on May 13, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The agent radioed for help shortly before a second agent located Agent Salazar “lying unresponsive on the ground” next to the mangled wreckage of his patrol unit, the medical examiner’s report said.
The exact cause of the collision has not been released.
The medical examiner determined Agent Salazar died from multiple blunt-force injuries caused by the crash, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said Agent Salazar “died while performing his duty, protecting our great Nation, and keeping our communities safe.”
“Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time,” Chief Heitke said.
Agent Salazar joined the U.S. Border Patrol in June of 2018 and was assigned to the San Diego Sector, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
He leaves behind his wife and his young son.
Agent Salazar is also survived by his parents and three siblings.
Yesterday we lost a fellow agent, member of our union, husband & new father. BPA Daniel Salazar was responding to sensor activity when he died in a vehicle accident. He was assigned to the El Cajon, CA station.
Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to his family. EOW 05/13/22 pic.twitter.com/cVsdwslyx8
— Border Patrol Union – NBPC (@BPUnion) May 14, 2022
🔹 Blessed Are The Peacemakers 🔹
Border Patrol Agent Daniel Salazar
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Border Patrol
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) May 18, 2022
Please keep the family & friends of Border Patrol Agent Daniel Salazar in your prayers. Agent Salazar was on duty & tragically killed in a vehicular accident. Agent Salazar was assigned to the San Diego Sector Sector. We thank him for his service. Rest in peace #BackTheBadge pic.twitter.com/u5Gg93HL8G
— Mayra Flores For Congress 🇺🇸🦅 (@MayraFlores2022) May 14, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent Daniel Salazar, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.