Round Rock Police Officer Charles Whites has died from his injuries following a Feb. 25 crash on Interstate 35.
Whites, 63, was struck by a vehicle while diverting traffic around a deadly crash involving a pedestrian.
“Pray for the Whites and the RRPD family!” Chief Allen Banks said on Twitter. Whites is survived by his wife, Connie, and stepson.
The officer suffered a head injury and was still unresponsive as of early March. At the time, the department said his recovery would be a slow process. Whites, who worked with the RRPD for 19 years, was moved to a rehab facility in south Austin in March.
The Round Rock Police Department says Whites died while in hospice care Thursday afternoon — two months after the crash.
The driver who struck Whites, 65-year-old Raul Martinez, stopped and was later charged with intoxication assault. Police say he was on prescription medication that morning. He is next scheduled to be in court on May 1.
Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Friday in the coming weeks he’ll work with RRPD to file appropriate charges against Martinez.
A police procession took Whites from Hospice Austin’s Christopher House located at 2820 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office at 7723 Springdale Rd. around 4 p.m. A line of officers saluted Whites as the procession arrived.
Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said Whites “paid the ultimate sacrifice” to protect the community.
Chief Banks wrote in a statement, “The support we’ve received from the Round Rock community, surrounding communities, and regional first responders has been inspiring. We will continue to lean on this strength and support as we remember Charles and honor his many years of public service.”