TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — A Travis County Sheriff's Office deputy was tragically killed in a two-vehicle rollover crash on Wednesday morning, the Travis County Sheriff's Office confirms.
The department received a 911 call around 6:49 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, of a collision in the 7700 block of Farm-to-Market (FM) 2244.
There, two vehicles collided, one of which left the roadway, overturned, and came to a rest on its roof.
The Travis County Sheriff's Office confirms the driver of the overturned vehicle was 32-year-old Sr. Deputy Christopher Korzilius. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A second person was transported to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.
Korzilius joined the Travis County Sheriff's Office in June 2016 and was assigned to the VICE Unit. He was driving his unmarked Ford Escape at the time of the crash.
He spent most of his time at the Travis County Sheriff's Office working night-shift patrol in eastern Travis County and was promoted to Sr. Deputy two years after joining the agency. He moved to the VICE Unit in January 2020.
"Sr. Deputy Korzilius was one of several members of the TCSO family honored just over a week ago at the agency’s annual awards ceremony," read a statement from the Travis County Sheriff's OFfice. "Korzilius and five others were awarded the Commendation Bar after responding to a dynamic 'shots fired' call in July 2018."
Korzilius also received several other awards and commendations during his time in Travis County including being named employee of the quarter after just seven months on the job, received letters of commendation and appreciation from supervisors and colleagues, and was named the Victim Services Deputy of the Year.
The crash is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, assisted by the TCSO HEAT (Highway Enforcement and Accident Team) unit.
Korzilius is the eighth deputy with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to be killed in the line of duty.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date, according to the sheriff's office.