Dallas Co. Sheriff's Deputy Dies in Crash

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:50 AM CDT
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Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Crash

Dallas County Sheriff's Department

Sgt. Kenneth Riggins.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal crash that involved an off-duty Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy Monday night.

Sgt. Kenneth Donnell Riggins, 52, was traveling west on County Road 2538, in a Ford pickup driven by a 15-year-old relative at about 8:30 p.m.

The teen lost control of the wheel and crashed into a tree, according to Lonnie Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Riggins was taken to Hunt County Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The teen driver suffered only minor injuries.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Riggins," Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez said. "It is a sad day for us at the Dallas Sheriff's Department. He will be missed dearly."

Riggins most recently served in the Dallas Sheriff's Department's strategic planning section and had been with the department for 20 years. 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.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.

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