HARRIS COUNTY – A Harris County Sheriff’s deputy has died after being involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler on SH-249 Wednesday afternoon, officials say.
HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzalez identified the deputy as 27-year-old Harris County native Robert Adam Howard. Howard was a Cypress Woods High School graduate.
Gonzalez said the deputy was a member of the HCSO’s Gang Unit and started at the sheriff’s office two years ago.
He was also a husband and the father of a 2-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
It is believed that the deputy hit the 18-wheeler, which was parked on the side of the highway.
Another deputy, who was on a motorcycle, was also reportedly injured while assisting the motorcade transporting the first deputy to the hospital, officials say. That deputy is said to have non-life-threatening injuries.
The original crash occurred on the northbound lanes of SH-249 before Spring Cypress. The second happened nearby in the 26900 block of I-45 North and Woodlands Parkway.
Howard was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands.
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