AUSTIN, Texas -- An Austin police officer was killed as he escorted a funeral procession.
According to the Austin Police Department Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq was on his motorcycle when the driver of a car made and illegal turn in hit the officer.
The 46-year-old officer died several hours later from his injuries.
Ana Maria Prado, 51, was charged with failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle.
Police released the following statement:
Despite his valiant fight, it is with deep and heavy hearts that early this evening Senior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq succumbed to his injuries from a motorcycle crash earlier in the week. Abdul-Khaliq has been with the Austin Police Department for 17 years and was most recently assigned to APD’s Highway Enforcement Command. Prior to joining APD, Abdul-Khaliq served in the Marines. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with his family. Officer Abdul-Khaliq was an individual that we all loved and served as a great role model for his children, his peers and our community.
The department appreciates all the tireless efforts that the staff from University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital provided and their heroic efforts. At this time, the details honoring Officer Abdul-Khaliq are being planned and when that information is available we will share with everyone. Thank you again to all who donated blood, provided support and offered prayers. Please continue to keep Abdul-Khaliq, his family and our APD family in your thoughts and prayers.