Collision with Cow Kills DPS Trooper

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56 year old Cpl. David Ralph Slaton was killed on Tuesday after his patrol vehicle struck a cow that was in the road. The accident caused Slaton to then hit a semi-truck.

Slaton, who was a trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety, was on-duty at the time of the car accident. The driver of the truck, Brett Douglas Noga, was uninjured. The accident happened at night, around 10:30 p.m., a little ways from Wichita Falls.

Slaton, who was from Bowie, TX, leaves behind a wife and a son. He worked for DPS for 36 years.

It has not been announced whether the owner of the cow has been found. If the cow was able to wander into the street because of negligent property upkeep, the cow owner may be held liable for the trooper’s death.

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