A seventeen-year veteran of the Waxahachie Police Department died in an on-duty accident early Saturday morning. Police Chief Chuck Edge says Officer Josh Williams, was responding to a disturbance call at the 600 block of North Highway 77 just before 12:30 this morning. That's when an SUV driven by 24-year-old Dylyn Richards slammed into the side of his patrol car. Williams, who was the passenger, was taken to Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie where he was pronounced dead. Richards was taken to Dallas' Parkland Hospital where he is currently in police custody.
Police say that Richards was driving without his headlights on, was driving above the posted legal speed limit, and was under the influence of alcohol a thte time of the crash.
Williams will be remembered as a well-respected and well-liked officer in the department. How he died is particularly upsetting for Waxahachie's police chief. "When you're out here and one of the goals is to keep the streets safe and one of the ways of doing that is to enforce the DWI laws, and to lose an officer in that way, sure, it's a little bit of a deeper sting if you want to say it that way."
Williams leaves behind a wife and three children.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun