RIESEL, Texas — A driver who lost control on a wet road is to blame for the death of a Falls County Sheriff's Deputy, crash investigators from the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Deputy Matt Jones, assigned to the department's K-9 division, died at the scene. 

In a press conference on Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Texas DPS said the driver of a Mazda passenger car hydroplaned, hitting the deputy and the chief of the Riesel Police Department.

Chief Danny Krumnow was flown by a medical helicopter to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Riesel Police Chief
Riesel Police Chief Danny Krumnow
Riesel Police

According to troopers, the two law enforcement officers were on the side of State Highway 6, south of Riesel, helping another driver who had run off the road. Both officers were out of their vehicles when they were struck by the out-of-control Mazda. 

The driver of the Mazda was also hurt in the crash. 

The Falls County Sheriff's Department hasn't identified the deputy who died. Troopers also haven't identified the driver involved or said if that person will face any charges. 

Riesel Crash Map
Google Earth map shows location of the crash
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