Police Officer Kevin Will Houston Police Department, Texas EoW: Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Police Officer
Kevin Will

Houston Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, May 29, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 38
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 8 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: May 29, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Agency Contact Information

Houston Police Department
1200 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 884-3131

Police Officer Kevin Will was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he investigated an accident involving a motorcyclist on the North Loop at approximately 3:15 am.
Officer Will was interviewing a witness to the motorcycle accident when the drunk driver entered the accident scene. Officer Will warned the witness to jump out of the way before he was struck by the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody at the scene.
Officer Will had served with the Houston Police Department for almost two years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two children.

A Houston police officer was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver early Sunday while investigating an accident on the North Loop near Yale.

The 38-year-old officer, Kevin Will, died at the scene, Houston Police Chief Charles McClellan said. Will was a father of two children, ages 6 and 10, and his wife is 6 months pregnant with their third child, the chief said.

The driver, 26-year-old Johoan Rodriguez, was taken to an area hospital for toxicology tests, police said. He’s currently in jail, facing pending charges of intoxication manslaughter of peace officer, felony evading and possession of a controlled substance.

Will joined the force in 2009 and would have celebrated a year in the vehicular crimes department today.

“At this morning’s roll call, (Will) announced to his comrades that today was his one-year anniversary in Vehicular Crimes, and he made a joke that he’s been here a year, so does that qualify him to be a veteran or is he still a rookie?” McClellan said. “He loved his work and gave his life to this city trying to keep it safe.”

Will was interviewing a witness to a hit-and-run accident when the VW, traveling east on the North Loop, drove around a barricade and hit the officer about 3:15 a.m. The freeway was blocked at the time of the accident, and the lights on police cars were flashing.

“Officer Will and other witnesses at the scene who were inside the barriers had no expectation that someone would drive around that or drive through that,” McClellan said.

As the vehicle sped through the barrier, Will yelled at the witness to “get out of the way,” the chief said. “The witness had no time to look around or react, except to leap over the concrete barrier that divides the freeway. According to him (witness), he heard the impact before he hit the ground.

“He credits Officer Will with giving him the prior warning of getting out of the way,” McClellan said. “It actually saved his life, or he said, he would have been struck with Officer Will.”

The officer’s death is tragic, even more so because it falls on the Memorial Day weekend, the chief said.

“On such an important weekend, we highlight all the men and women who wear uniforms, U.S., foreign and domestic, who dedicate themselves to service,” McClellan said. “It also highlights the urgency of people not to drink and drive, and to get Harris County out of this unwanted category of being one of the leading counties with fatality accidents where drivers involved are impaired.”

Will is the first officer to die in the line of duty in a little more than a year.

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From The City Of Huston – UPDATE

Press Release Contact: Lyle Ruybalid
May 30, 2011 The 100 Club
(713) 952-0100 office
(832) 344-7340 mobile
For Immediate Release
100 Club Requests Donations to “Survivor’s Fund” After the Death of
Houston Police Department Officer
Kevin Will
The 100 Club announced today that donations are being accepted to its “Survivor’s Fund” which provides benefits to the dependents of peace officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty.
Officer Kevin Will, 38, died in the line of duty on Sunday morning, May 29, 2011, while working a hit-and-run motorcycle accident on 610 North Loop near Yale. He was hit by a driver who ignored the flashing lights of patrol cars, steered his car around a makeshift barrier set up to block the freeway, and slammed into Will, killing him at the scene. Officer Will had been with the Houston Police Department since March 2009. He is survived by his wife, Alisha, who is six months pregnant and two children, ages seven and ten.
A $10,000 check will be given to Officer Will’s family to assist with any needs they may have. Additional financial support for the family will be provided, after a review is made by the Club, to include current financial and children’s educational needs.
If you wish to help, contributions may be made at http://www.the100club.org, or mailed to 100 Club Survivor’s Fund – 5555 San Felipe St Ste 520, Houston TX 77056-2733. 100% of “Survivor’s Fund” donations go to the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
The 100 Club’s 30,000 members, located in eighteen counties surrounding Houston, work together for the purpose of aiding dependents of officers and firefighters by responding to their needs. We invite the community to participate.

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