UH-Clear Lake police officer killed in wrong-way crash
June 11, 2013
A University of Houston-Clear Lake
police officer was one of two men killed in a wrong-way crash early
Monday on Interstate 45 in southeast Houston.
The two-vehicle crash happened about 2:30 a.m. on the outbound Gulf
Freeway near Almeda Genoa, according to the Houston Police Department.
University officials said Joe Segovia of the UH-CL Police Department
was one of the men who died. The name of the other man has not been
released. Both died at the scene.
Police said the driver of a Chrysler 300 was traveling northbound in
the southbound lanes of the freeway when he slammed into a Scion xB,
which was traveling southbound and driven by Segovia. The officer was on
his way to work. The drivers were each alone in their cars.
Police did not release details about how long the wrong-way driver had been on the freeway.
The crash forced officials to temporarily shut down the southbound lanes while crews worked to clear the scene.
University officials said Segovia, a U.S. Army veteran, had been with
the department since Jan. 9. Assigned to the patrol division, Segovia
was an exemplary officer, officials said, and will be greatly missed.
Segovia formerly worked as a lead police officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tomah, Wis.
University officials said a fund has been established to assist
Segovia's family with expenses. To contribute, send checks to University
of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., MC 323,
Houston, TX 77058. In the memo section, note "Joe Segovia Fund." All
donations will be given directly to his family.