At 9:49 p.m. a Waller County Deputy called the dispatcher reporting a major fleet accident with the vehicle flipped over in the ditch at Hoover Road and FM 362. He told dispatchers that he couldn’t get the doors open that the water was rushing to fast. He sounded almost exhausted as he told the dispatcher he had no way of getting the deputy out. He said he broke the windows out but could not get the doors open. A call was immediately put out for any wrecker to respond to the scene to assist. Waller County Fire and EMS were also dispatched to the location. The first Fire unit arrived on the scene moments later. The deputy was quickly extricated and CPR was started. Waller County EMS transported the Deputy to Memorial Hermann Cypress where the Deputy was pronounced deceased. A Waller County EMS Ambulance transported the Deputy with a full escort of EMS, DPS and Waller County Sheriff’s Office units to the Harris County Forensic Center in the Houston Medical Center.
The section of road where the crash happened has two very sharp curves. Portable signs and cones warn road may flood, It is not known if those were placed before or after the crash. In spots, there was evidence of water completely over the road. The roadway is almost halfway between FM 529 and US 290.
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith posted this to Facebook this morning:
Words will never express what our office is going thru and we can only ask for your prayers. Due to the very close family being contacted we are going to wait till early Friday to release details but know that the blue line has heartfelt tears on it for our office.
************************************NOON UPDATE PRESS RELEASE FROM WALLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE****************************
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Waller County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Loren Vasquez was dispatched to a high priority water rescue call. She was northbound on FM 362 near Hoover Road when her patrol unit became airborne after driving into the water covered roadway. Her patrol unit landed upside down in a water-filled ditch. Responding deputies were unable to gain access to Deputy Vasquez inside of her vehicle. She was transported to Memorial Hermann Cypress hospital by ambulance. The exact cause of her death is pending the outcome of a report by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Deputy Loren Vasquez # 543 was 23 years old and resided in Waller County with her parents and younger brother. Loren graduated from Royal High School and was also an active member of Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department. Deputy Vasquez began her law enforcement career with the Waller County Sheriff’s Office on May 21, 2018. She had just completed her 20 week Field Training Program and had been on patrol as a single deputy unit for only three nights at the time of her death.
The Waller County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your thoughts and prayers during the coming days and weeks. We also respectfully request that you keep Loren’s family in your hearts during this difficult time. Information regarding funeral arrangements will be announced when finalized. Thank you and God Bless.