WAXAHACHIE -- A Waxahachie police officer was killed in a crash early Saturday morning.
Officer Josh Williams was responding to a disturbance at a fast food restaurant in the 600 block of Highway 77 around 1:30 a.m. As he was turning into the parking lot, a Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle traveling northbound struck his patrol car on the passenger's side, police said.
Williams, 44, was rushed to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators said the Suburban did not have its lights on; its driver was taken by helicopter to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for treatment of injuries.
Investigators believe the driver of the SUV may have been under the influence of alcohol. He is in police custody at the hospital.
Waxahachie police Chief Chuck Edge said Officer Williams' death is a tremendous loss for the department.
"He's been with the force for 17 years. Good officer. Very friendly. Very well respected among the officers," Edge said.
Officer Williams is survived by his wife and three children.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident.
Williams is the fourth North Texas public safety official to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident this month.
A Watauga police officer is recovering in the hospital after he was involved in a crash Thursday night at Old Denton Highway and Main Street in Haltom City.
Early Sunday morning, Everman volunteer firefighter Sergio Rodriguez was struck and killed as he was walking along Highway 287 in Fort Worth.
And off-duty Lancaster police Officer Dustin Dodson was fatally injured one week ago when a suspected drunk driver crashed into his motorcycle on Highway 67 near Venus.