Salt River police officer killed in Loop 101 crash by person texting while driving
A Salt River Police Department officer was killed in a crash on the Loop 101 Tuesday.
According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, the officer stopped a vehicle on the Loop 101 around 6 p.m. While out standing with that vehicle, the officer was hit by a passing vehicle, which then hit the vehicle the officer had stopped.
The driver who killed the officer admitted to authorities that he was texting while driving, according to a release Wednesday morning.
DPS says the officer, later identified as Clayton Townsend, was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead shortly after 6:30 p.m.