Corporal David Ralph Slaton Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol Texas End of Watch: Monday, September 20, 2010

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Corporal David Ralph Slaton
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol
Texas

End of Watch: Monday, September 20, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 56
Tour of Duty: 36 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Monday, September 20, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Corporal David Slaton was killed in a vehicle accident in Montague County when his patrol car struck a cow that had wandered into the roadway.
After striking the cow on U.S. 81, his patrol car veered into the path of an oncoming semi, causing a second collision.
Corporal Slaton had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 36 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

Agency Contact Information
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol
5805 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 424-2000
Please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

 

An on-duty state trooper was killed Monday night after hitting a cow and then colliding head-on with a tractor-trailer in Montague County.

David Ralph Slaton

Cpl. David Ralph Slaton, 56, was northbound on U.S. Highway 81 about 10:45 p.m. when he struck a cow that had wandered onto the road east of Wichita Falls along the Oklahoma border.

The impact pushed his vehicle into the northbound lanes, where he hit a southbound semi, said Tela Mange, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Slaton died at the scene. The truck driver, 37-year-old Brett Douglas Noga of Oklahoma, was not injured.

The Texas Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Slaton joined DPS in 1974 and was stationed in Bowie for his entire career.

He is survived by his wife and son. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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