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Truck strikes officer in Italy – COURT CASES

An inattentive driver of a pickup truck struck and injured an Italy police officer on Monday morning. Department of Public Safety staff official Sgt. Sara Warren said the officer was rushed by ground ambulance to Methodist Dallas Medical Center hospital where he is recovering from non life-threatening injuries following the 6:30 a.m. accident. Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Sara Warren said the officer, identified Tuesday as Lieutenant Guy Saxon, 40, of Italy, had activated emergency lights to warn traffic before exiting to clear debris that was slowing down traffic. He was hit on the shoulder of northbound I-35E, two miles north of the Italy exit at Hwy 34. While state troopers investigated, the interstate was partially closed for a few hours. The driver of the pickup truck, a white 2001 Dodge Ram, was Austin Honeycutt, 21, from Brandon (near Milford). His passenger was identified as Dustin Kline, also 21, of Bynum. Neither were injured. Sgt. Warren said Honeycutt wasn’t paying attention and didn’t notice the officer until it was too late. All lanes of the interstate were eventually reopened. “The driver slammed on the brakes, went into a skid and unfortunately struck the officer on the shoulder of the interstate,” said Warren. “Please pay attention to your driving and what’s up ahead of you. That way you can brake appropriately,” she said. The investigation is still ongoing. Italy is 21 miles southwest of Ennis on Hwy. 34.

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