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Sheriff's deputy killed in crash

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An off-duty Dallas County Sheriff's deputy was killed in a crash on Monday night along CR 2538 in Hunt County, near Quinlan.

According to Department of Public Safety investigators, Sgt. Kenneth Riggins died after his Ford F-150 pickup, being driven by a 15-year-old relative, veered off the road at about 8:30 p.m..

The girl lost control of the vehicle in the westbound lanes of the roadway and crashed into a tree, investigators said.

Riggins, 52, was taken to Hunt County Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver suffered minor injuries.

It was not clear what caused the crash.

In response to the incident, the sheriff's office released a statement, which read in part:

"'Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Riggins,'" Sheriff Lupe Valdez said. "'It is a sad day for us at the Dallas Sheriff's Department. He will be missed dearly.'

The sergeant most recently served in the Dallas Sheriff's Department's strategic planning section. Sgt. Riggins served 20 years with the Dallas Sheriff's Department. He began his career as a detention service officer on February 17, 1992. He became a deputy in 1997 and served the department in various capacities."

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