LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Longview police officer died in a crash Thursday evening.
According to Longview Police Department officials, Officer Stedmond Coleman, 27, was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Gregg County.
Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said Coleman was traveling eastbound on Farm-to-Market Road 2906 near Garrett Road at 5:23 p.m. when he approached a left curve in the roadway and veered off the right side of the road. He then veered back to the left and entered a side skid until striking a culvert that caused the vehicle to roll.
DPS officials said Coleman was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected through the open sunroof of the vehicle.
The vehicle came to rest on its left side with a 9-month-old child, still buckled inside the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat, according to officials.
Coleman was transported to a Tyler hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The child passenger was transported to a Longview hospital for observation and was released.
Officials with the Longview Police Department were notified that Officer Coleman had passed away around 10:30 p.m.
Longview police released a statement on their Facebook page:
Officer Coleman was hired by the Longview Police Department on August 26, 2013.
According to a post on the Longview Police Department Facebook page, Coleman's family will hold a balloon-release vigil tonight at 7:30 p.m. They will gather about a quarter mile east of Garrett Road on FM 2906 in the Easton community.
"Please bring a helium-filled balloon to release in his honor," the Facebook post stated.
The Facebook post also stated that the Longview Police Department has set up a memorial in the lobby of the police station to honor Coleman and his family.