Deputy Charles Rivette Killed in Accident at I-45 in Centerville, TX

February 21, 2024
Victim's Name(s)
Deputy Charles Rivette, Deputy James Francis
Type of Accident
Car Accident
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

I-45, Centerville, TX, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Texas Department of Public Safety
Vehicles Involved
Patrol Unit, 18-Wheeler
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Patrol exactor vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler

What Happened

Texas Department of Public Safety officials are investigating a crash that killed an officer at I-45 in Centerville, TX on February 20th, 2024. Police say the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. According to investigators, a patrol unit occupied by 38-year-old Deputy Charles Rivette was involved in a collision with an 18w-wheeler. The impact is said to have caused Rivette to be ejected from the vehicle before he was struck by an approaching pickup truck. The patrol unit, operated by 37-year-old Deputy James Francis, was stuck by two 18-wheeler, leaving Francis and an inmate in the vehicle, seriously injured. Rivette died at the scene, reports indicate. One other driver involved was hospitalized for treatment of suspected minor injuries. Additional information was not available.

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