DALLAS, Texas — Dallas Police Department officer Jacob Arellano, 25, was tragically killed in an off-duty, wrong-way crash late Tuesday night, the department confirmed Wednesday.
"The Dallas Police Department wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family of Officer Jacob Arellano who passed away this morning from injuries he suffered in a crash," read a statement, in part, from the Dallas Police Department.
Arellano leaves behind a girlfriend, infant child, and is survived by his parents and brother, who is also a Dallas Police Department officer.
On October 11, 2022, at around 11:48 p.m., Dallas Police Department Officer Arellano was traveling to work for the start of his shift. Preliminary investigation, according to the department, indicates Arellano was traveling northbound on Spur 408 near Kiest Boulevard when he was struck by a wrong way driver.
"Officer Arellano was driving in the middle of the three lanes when a sedan going southbound in the northbound lanes hit the off-duty officer’s vehicle head-on," stated the department.
Following the impact with the wrong-way driver, police say Arellano's vehicle was forced into the right lane where it was hit by a tractor trailer, rolled several times, and came to a rest on the right shoulder of Spur 408.
Arellano was taken to a nearby hospital with what were initially described as critical injuries. He was pronounced deceased Thursday morning from injuries sustained in the crash, according to the department.
The wrong way driver was taken to an area hospital, listing in serious condition.
"At this time, the preliminary investigation has determined the wrong way driver may have been intoxicated," stated the department. "The crash investigation is ongoing."
Arellano has been a member of the Dallas Police Department since June 2019 and was most recently assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division, 1st Watch.
Funeral arrangements are pending, according to the department.