Texas DPS trooper dies in single-vehicle crash in Lamar County

A 27-year old Texas Department of Public Safety trooper died late Saturday night in a single-vehicle crash in Lamar County, according to a statement from DPS.

The release said that at approximately 10:57 p.m. Saturday, Trooper Jeffrey Nichols was traveling westbound on Farm-to-Market Road 38 when he lost control in his patrol vehicle and struck a tree.  Nichols died at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The location of the crash was a half mile north of County Road 35450, near Tigertown. The crash was reported to law enforcement by passing motorists.

In a statement, DPS Director Steven McCraw said, “DPS and the State of Texas have lost one of our finest in the line of duty. Every day Trooper Nichols honored his pledge to proudly protect the people of Texas and his service and sacrifice will always be cherished and remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”

Nichols joined DPS in August 2011, and was stationed in Paris, Texas. He is the 218th DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1837.

He is survived by his parents and family members. Funeral arrangements for Nichols are pending.