Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 30 years
Badge # 3087
Cause: Automobile crash
Senior Trooper Richard Cottle was killed in an automobile accident when his cruiser slammed into the rear of a tractor trailer on I-35 just north of Waco during morning fog.
The semi had just been involved in an accident with another tractor trailer and was blocking a travel lane when the accident occurred. Trooper Cottle, who was assigned to the Motor-vehicle Inspection Section, was on his way to testify in a court case when the accident occurred.
Trooper Cottle had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for almost 30 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.