Last night an off-duty Dallas County Sheriff’s Department deputy was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Hunt County, where it appears he was teaching a teenage relative how to drive. According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred at 8:30 last night, on CR2538 — also known as Chapel Road — up in Quinlan.
Fifty-two-year-old Kenneth Donnell Riggins, a 20-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was riding in the passenger seat of a 2004 Ford F-150 pick-up truck.
A 15-year-old girl was driving. At this morning’s meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, Commissioner John Wiley Price identified the girl as Riggins’ daughter. The sheriff’s department says that is incorrect and asks the media “on behalf of the family during this difficult time to respect any further details about the teen.”
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Riggins,” Sheriff Lupe Valdez said in a statement released this morning. “It is a sad day for us at the Dallas Sheriff’s Department.
He will be missed dearly.”
According to the DPS report, Riggins and the girl were traveling west when the truck left the road and struck a tree. Both Riggins and the girl were taken to Hunt County Regional Medical Center in Greenville, where Riggins was pronounced dead. The girl has scrapes and other non-life-threatening injuries. DPS officials say this morning they don’t know the relationship between the deputy and the girl; the trooper investigating the cause of the accident isn’t available this morning. According to the sheriff’s department:
The sergeant most recently served in the Dallas Sheriff’s Department’s strategic planning section. Sgt. Riggins served 20 years with the Dallas Sheriff’s Department. He began his career as a detention service officer on February 17, 1992. He became a deputy in 1997 and served the department in various capacities.
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