UPDATE: Driver hits squad car, kills Grand Prairie police officer running radar on PGBT
We continue to send our prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the fallen Grand Prairie Police Department police officer.
Officials with the Grand Prairie Police Department have released additional information regarding the death of one of their officers. Officer A.J. Castaneda has died after being struck by a motorist while doing traffic enforcement.
At around 10:30am, Officer Castaneda was running radar while standing outside of his vehicle along the inside shoulder of northbound President George Bush Turnpike at Dickey Road. For a reason not yet determined, the driver of a passing vehicle lost control of the vehicle and struck Officer Castaneda’s Tahoe. The officer was thrown from the elevated bridge onto the ground below.
Texas DPS is conducting the fatality accident investigation, as normal with these type of incidents on area tollways.
Officer Castaneda was 38 years old. He had worked for the Grand Prairie Police Department for 5 years and was assigned to the department’s Patrol Division. He had formerly served at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and the US Coast Guard.
“He was a loving father of two children, a friend, a trusted colleague and an outstanding officer whose passion was providing service to the public. He was most recently featured in the news in September of 2018 when he saved a child who was choking at the Mid-Autumn Festival in Asia Times Square.
The driver who struck the officer was “not visibly impaired”, according to Chief Dye. No charges have been filed at this time. The vehicle’s speed at the time of the crash is still under investigation. There is NO information to indicate this was a deliberate act. The crash is still under investigation at this time.