Police said today excessive speed played a factor in an accident involving a sheriff’s deputy who hit another vehicle and flipped his car on Highway 281 last week.
Deputy Brandon Torres was cited for excessively speeding over the speed limit of 55 miles per hour Wednesday.
Officials wouldn’t confirm how much he was driving over the speed limit, but officers on the scene said during impact the deputy was traveling more than 70 miles per hour causing his unit to flip on Friday.
Officers on the scene last week said Torres was behind a Chevrolet Trailblazer and Torres, for some reason, did not stop in time after the driver of the Trailblazer slowed down to make a left turn on South Highway 281.
That was when Torres tried to avoid the Trailblazer by going around it in the northbound lane, but ended up colliding and hitting the Trailblazer on the driver side.
The Trailblazer’s occupants and Torres were all taken to local hospitals. All were released the same day on Friday, though Torres was taken by HALO-Flight to a Corpus Christi hospital.
Police said it was possible the driver of the Trailblazer could also be cited.