Crash With Semi-Tanker Claims the Lives of Texas Police Officer and His Financée
San Antonio, TX – The youngest deputy hired by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), along with his fiancée, were killed last week when the pickup truck they were traveling in was hit by a tanker truck near Corpus Christi.
BCSO has confirmed the Deputy was 20-year-old Noah Calderon.
The deadly accident occurred Wednesday night on Highway 188 and Farm-to-Market 796, between Sinton and Mathis.
In a statement, BCSO said Calderon was off-duty and traveling with his fiancée, 21-year-old Samantha Grace Handy, and his 13-year-old brother, Luke, to Corpus Christi from San Antonio at the time of the accident.
Initial reports reveal the tanker truck collided with Calderon’s Toyota pick-up truck.
Handy was killed on impact, and Calderon died later at the scene, according to San Patricio Sheriff Oscar Rivera.
News4 San Antonio reported Luke suffered spinal, arm and facial injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio.
According to a statement from the Calderon family, he is in the ICU and is facing “several surgeries.”
The family said it would take a “miracle” for him to fully recover.
Sheriff Javier Salazar with BCSO said it appeared the driver of the tanker may have run a stop sign, which resulted in the fatal accident.
No other details were given surrounding the events of the crash or how it may have occurred.
“I don’t believe this driver meant to be reckless or disregard a stop sign. But it goes to show in an instant, you can end the lives of two people who are obviously in their prime and young Luke has injuries I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy,” Sheriff Salazar said.
The tanker belonged to Houston, TX-based Three L.
While authorities have not specified what the tanker was hauling, Three L’s website indicates the company hauls fuels, lubricants and cutting fluids.
Listed customers include Shell, BP, Castrol, Chevron, Citgo and Valero.
The identity of the trucker has not been released.
There has been no reporting about the condition of the truck driver and if he/she suffered any injuries.
Additionally, it is unclear at this time if the trucker will face charges.
Calderon was a two-year veteran of BSCO, having been hired in July 2018.
At the time of his death, Calderon was assigned to the Detention Bureau and was planning on attending the Basic Peace Officer’s Academy to work on obtaining his Texas Peace Officer’s License, BCSO said in a statement.
His body was returned home to San Antonio with a police escort on Friday.