Longview officer dies in one vehicle crash

Longview officer dies in one vehicle crash

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:

The Department is mourning the loss of Officer Stedmond Coleman and praying for his wife and family. This tragedy is a loss for the community as well as the Department.
Chief Mike Bishop asks that our Brothers and Sisters in public safety along with the Longview community hold the Coleman family along with our department in their hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

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.

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