WALLER COUNTY, Texas — The U.S. flag is at staff outside the Waller County Sheriff's Office after a officer sustained fatal injuries during an overnight crash in Waller, Texas.
Deputy Loren Vasquez, 23, was dispatched to a high-priority water rescue around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The sheriff's office said Vasquez was driving north on FM 362 near Hoover Road when her patrol vehicle went airborne after hydroplaning on the water covered roadway. Her patrol vehicle landed upside down into a water filled ditch.
Responding deputies were unable to remove Vasquez from the vehicle in time to save her life. When additional help arrived, she was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Cypress hospital by ambulance where she later died.
According to the sheriff's office, Vasquez began her law enforcement career with WCSO on May 21. She recently completed her 20 week Field Training Program and had been on patrol as a single deputy unit for only three nights at the time of her death.
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the exact cause of her death.
Vasquez lived in Waller County with her parents and younger brother. She graduated from Royal High School and was also an active member of the Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department.
Officers lined up to show respect by saluting her as she was being loaded into the ambulance and escorting her from the hospital.
"Words will never express what our office is going [through] and we can only ask for your prayers," Sheriff R. Glenn Smith commented on Facebook. "Due to very close family being contacted we are going to wait til early Friday or later today to release details, but know that the blue line has heartfelt tears on it for our office."
The officer's death has prompted heartfelt condolences from neighboring law enforcement offices and beyond including Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Constable's Office and many other. On social media, officers offered prayers and assistance where needed.