El Paso police officer dies after multi-vehicle collision

An El Paso police officer has died after being seriously injured in a multi-vehicle collision March 10 on Lee Trevino Drive.

The El Paso Police Department issued a statement Tuesday announcing the death of Officer David Ortiz. Ortiz is the 31st officer to be killed in the line of duty with the El Paso Police Department, the release stated.

According to the statement from the EPPD, Special Traffic Investigators responded to help Pebble Hills Patrol with a non-fatal collision at 1500 Lee Trevino Drive. The initial investigation found that a police motorcycle, a 2006 Acura and a Chevrolet pickup truck were stopped in the right lane at a red light at 1500 Lee Trevino Drive. A 2006 Kia Optima traveling north in the right lane of 1500 Lee Trevino and hit the police motorcycle from behind, throwing Ortiz from the motorcycle.

That collision started a chain reaction where the Kia also hit the Acura, pushing the Acura into the pickup truck. The collision caused the Kia to catch fire, causing damage to the Kia and the Acura.

The 45-year old driver of the Kia was transported to Del Sol Medical Center for injuries. Ortiz was also transported to Del Sol with life-threatening injuries, which he succumbed to on Tuesday.

The driver of the Acura and her passenger were transported to University Medical Center with minor injuries.

El Paso Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision.

A GoFundMe page has been established for Ortiz’s family (gofundme.com/mstsekn6).