The police officer who was critically injured in a crash last week has died from her injuries.
The Midlothian Police Department said Officer Heather Phares passed away at about 9:45 a.m. Monday.
The accident happened Thursday afternoon on west Highway 287 in Midlothian. Officer Phares was driving home from a special assignment with the local school district and rear ended a big rig that was carrying steel.
Phares grew up in Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield High School in 2009. She attended the North Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy and joined the Midlothian Police Department when she was just 21 years old.
The department said in the year and a half since she was hired she demonstrated integrity, sound judgment, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and commitment to service.
"The Midlothian Police Department has lost one of our finest and there are no words to express our deep sadness," the department said in a release.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
A fund was set up for her family at Wells Fargo. Donations can be made at any branch under the "Officer Heather Phares Donation Fund."
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