COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County officials and deputies are mourning the loss of deputy Bryan Pfluger Sunday morning after he was killed in a car crash Saturday night.
The four year veteran of the force was killed in the line of duty. State troopers said Pfluger hit another patrol vehicle while responding to a burglary call.
The deadly crash happened on State Highway 150 and Hill Lane near Coldspring around 8 p.m. on Saturday. Both patrol units were traveling eastbound on State Highway 150. One vehicle reduced its speed to make a right turn on to Hill Lane when Pfluger’s vehicle clipped the slowing patrol car and rolled over several times. During the crash, the deputy was thrown from his vehicle, according to DPS.
The 36-year-old was transported to a hospital in Livingston where he was pronounced dead.
Pfluger was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to DPS.
The deputy in the other patrol car did not suffer visible injuries in the crash but was transported to an area hospital as a precaution, according to DPS.
Pfluger’s fellow deputies met his flag-draped casket at the hospital and escorted it to the medical examiner’s office in Beaumont. Deputies will take shifts to keep watch over Pfluger’s body, officials with SJCO said.
Pflluger leaves behind a wife and child.
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