COLDSPRING, Texas — A southeast Texas deputy was killed after crashing into another deputy's patrol vehicle while both were responding to a burglary in progress call on Saturday night.
The crash occurred just before 6:45 p.m. on State Highway 150 near the intersection of Hill Lane in Coldspring, Texas, which is located northeast of Houston and east of Hunstville, Texas.
"Both patrol units were traveling eastbound on SH 150," stated Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephanie Davis, citing preliminary crash investigation.
"The first patrol unit was traveling on SH 150 and reduced his speed to make a right turn onto Hill Lane," stated Davis. "The second patrol unit maneuvered to the right, clipped the first patrol car and rolled over several times before coming to rest."
The deputy of the second patrol unit, identified as 36-year-old San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bryan Pfluger, was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and ejected from the vehicle, according to Davis.
Pfluger was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and later pronounced deceased.
The deputy in the first patrol vehicle did not have any visible injuries but, was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
Pfluger had been with the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office for four years and received a letter of commendation in March 2018 for purchasing wood for an elderly woman during the cold winter months to warm her home.
Pfluger leaves behind a wife and young child.
BREAKING: DPS says San Jacinto County Deputy Bryan Pfluger was not wearing a seatbelt when he clipped another deputy’s car. His car rolled several times and he was ejected. https://t.co/BJ4xnxtVTW pic.twitter.com/UrUKLw2hpo— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) December 22, 2019