Nacogdoches sheriff identifies ‘beloved' deputy killed in wreck on U.S. 259

Updated: Oct. 5, 2018 at 12:43 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy who was struck and killed Friday morning while removing debris from a roadway.

The office reported that 49-year-old Raymond Bradley Jimmerson was struck and killed Friday morning while trying to remove debris from US Highway 259.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges released the following statement about the incident:

It is with great sorrow that I report that a Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Deputy was tragically killed in the line of duty early this morning.

Deputy Raymond Bradley (Brad) Jimmerson, age 49, was struck and killed this morning while attempting to remove debris from the roadway on US highway 259, approximately 7 miles north of Nacogdoches. Deputy Jimmerson had been dispatched to a call of a traffic hazard in the roadway at that location.

Nacogdoches Communications Center began receiving calls on the crash at 6:46 a.m. Deputy Jimmerson was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Kerry Don Williamson.

The investigation into the crash is being conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol. All media inquiries into the investigation should be directed through that agency.

Deputy Jimmerson has been with NCSO for 19 years and in Law Enforcement for over 20 years.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time with Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.

Deputy Jimmerson was a beloved member of our community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He served our community with distinction and honor. He will leave behind a deep void within our law enforcement family and community.

Please keep Deputy Jimmerson’s family, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, and all law enforcement officers in your thoughts and prayers.

Nacogdoches County deputy was killed in a car crash on US 259. (Source: KTRE staff)
Nacogdoches County deputy was killed in a car crash on US 259. (Source: KTRE staff)

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. on U.S. 259, about seven miles north of Nacogdoches.

A preliminary DPS crash report indicates that the deputy was dispatched to U.S. 259 for debris in the roadway.

“While removing the debris, the deputy was struck by a Toyota Camry passenger vehicle. The impact of the collision pushed the deputy into the southbound traffic lane where he was then hit by a Ford Edge,” a DPS statement reads.

The deputy was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Kerry Williamson.

The driver of the Toyota has been identified as Benjamin Leadon, 57, of Garrison and the driver of the Ford has been identified as Cathryn Beel, 69, of Houston. No one in either vehicle was injured, officials say.

As of 2:00 p.m., the scene of the wreck has been cleared and US 259 is reopened to traffic, according to TxDOT.

Sgt. Greg Sowell with Nacogdoches police also confirmed that the wreck involved a deputy. He said no further information is available at this time. Sowell has been appointed one of the spokesmen for this incident.

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