A Houston Police officer was killed in a head-on car collision on Interstate 10 near Sealy on Thursday morning, Dec. 19.
Gizelle Solorio, 32, was driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes in a Toyota Tacoma when she slammed the front of an 18-wheeler around 6:30 a.m. She died at the scene of the crash, Click2Houston reported.
Guy Pearson, 65, was driving the 2018 Kenworth tractor-trailer when he was hit head-on by Solorio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Pearson was not injured.
Solorio was assigned to the northeast patrol station. HPD Commander Chandra Hatcher described Solorio as an officer who stood out.
“Officer Solorio was a bright and shining star,” Hatcher said. “She stood out among her peers, and even though she had two-and-a-half years of service, she performed and functioned like a veteran officer.”
Investigators are trying to figure out why Solorio was going the wrong way.
Solorio joined Houston Police Department in May 2017 and graduated from the cadet class 230 as the class president, Hatcher revealed.
“Her speech during Academy graduation was very powerful and will remain with those that heard it for years to come,” HPD Chief Art Acevedo tweeted. “She will be remembered for her bright smile and uplifting spirit.”
Solorio was survived by her mother and brother.
With heavy hearts, we learned one of our own died in a crash on I-10 West near Sealy at 6:30 a.m. today. Officer Gizelle Solorio was off duty at the time. We ask for your prayers for Gizelle & her family. pic.twitter.com/NuS7CqeNWv
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) 19 December 2019